Here's What You Need To Know About That Republican Trump-Russia Memo

The Department of Justice has said that releasing the document would not comply with the terms struck with Republican Speaker Paul Ryan's office when the agreement was made to hand over the information to form the Nunes memo.

"You also do not hear them suggesting that if [special counsel Robert] Mueller were fired, or [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein, which could be more significant because he is overseeing Mueller's investigation, that they would take action", she said. Top White House aides have strongly indicated Trump would approve releasing the memo.

In recent days, House Republicans and Trump loyalists in the media have been banging the drum about a memo that was written by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and his staff, calling for the memo to be publicly released. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said it's a "misleading set of talking points attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Not literally, but he ordered Chief of Staff John Kelly to tell Sessions he wanted to release the memo.


According to The Hill, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said, "We don't know what's in the memo". If the panel votes to release it, it would fall to the White House, perhaps with the advice of intelligence agencies, to decide whether some of the contents are too sensitive and need to be redacted. The speaker's move all but ensures that the Justice Department won't get much backing within the House Republican conference, and underscores the divide between House Republicans who are pushing for the memo's release and many Senate Republicans, who are urging caution and siding with the Justice Department. Addressing Nunes, the letter adds, "You well understand the damaging impact that the release of classified material could have on our national security".

Rep. Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the intelligence committee, has called the Republican report a "highly misleading "memo" attacking the conduct of the Russian Federation investigation by the FBI and the DOJ" and urged that it not be released. If Trump fires Rosenstein, he can then appoint a new Deputy Attorney General who will fire Mueller.

"I can't prove that they were the final decision makers", Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, told "Fox News Sunday". The FBI's application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a FISA warrant said investigators believed Page was an agent of the Russian government and cited his contacts in 2013 with a Russian spy, according to the Washington Post.

Trump, who has called the investigations a hoax and witch hunt, is inclined to release it, CNN has reported. They say it's part of a broader GOP campaign to undermine the bureau and, by extension, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Republicans had criticized McCabe's involvement in aspects of the Trump probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices, even though his wife had accepted donations from Democratic political organizations for an unsuccessful election bid in 2015.

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