MSNBC's Mitchell: Nunes Has Turned House Intel Panel 'Into a Joke'


The committee has already made the memo available to all 435 members of the lower chamber and a vote to declassify the document could come as early as Monday evening, according to a CNN report.

In recent weeks, the president has been complaining about how he can not understand why "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" won't release a secret memo, according to Washington Post.

The memo also answers questions over whether Democratic-funded intelligence was used to surveil senior Trump associates in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Under an obscure committee rule to make the classified memo public, which has never been invoked in the panel's 40-plus-year history, the President would have five days following a vote to decide whether to allow the public release to move forward or object to it. White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told Fox News on Sunday, "I think he believes that that [memo] should be put out".

On Monday morning, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that the Oval Office would conduct a national security review of the document to determine if it could be released to the broader public, explicitly dismissing the DOJ's role in vetting the document.

Other House Republicans have called the memo "absolutely shocking", "jaw-dropping" and "outrageous" in urging its release.

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I don't know what the Nunes memo says.

Trump recently revived his complaints that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein was not properly supervising Mueller's probe, and suggested that he should fire Rosenstein-a highly controversial action against the person officially overseeing the special counsel's investigation, an adviser who speaks frequently with Trump said.
"I'm disturbed about the way that [former British spy Christopher] Steele was handled", referring to Steele's opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump."We need a special counsel to go into that area as well". But the Justice Department has said it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to surface a document based on classified information without the intelligence community's sign-off.

Releasing the document would be "extraordinarily reckless" the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned as it fights to keep it secret. It's not clear whether the measure will receive enough votes to proceed or whether the Republican majority will instead table the minority's document and vote to publicly release its own classified memo, which was first made accessible to all House members on January 18. So, when can we expect a vote on the memo's release?

President Donald Trump has reportedly thrown his support behind the movement to #ReleaseTheMemo.

Trump has been critical of McCabe because his wife Jill McCabe received almost $500,000 in campaign contributions in 2015 from a political-action committee tied to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat with long ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May, and McCabe served as interim director prior Wray's confirmation.