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Explainer: Why Washington Is Inflamed Over the Russia Probe Memo

02 February 2018

According to The Washington Post, the memo - which was prepared by the office of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes - is said to raise concerns about the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

A classified memo that alleges the FBI and Justice Department went too far in its surveillance of Trump campaign officials as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election will not be released on Thursday.

The decision came after the White House reviewed the memo and determined it "doesn't give away too much in terms of classification".

Democrats on the committee have drafted their own memo about the same intelligence information, but Republicans on the committee voted against its release.

A Republican who formerly chaired the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that President Donald Trump's legal team has reason to keep him from testifying before special counsel Robert Mueller in his Russian Federation probe.

Trump has now read and been briefed on the four-page document, and officials are now taking input from lawyers and the intelligence community on any redactions that should be made, the official said on Thursday.

The FBI earlier this week expressed "grave concerns about material omissions of fact" in the Republican memo, which was seen as having the potential to prompt high-level resignations in USA law enforcement agencies if released.

Blum said there remains a pervasive politicization in Washington, as evidenced by congressional Democrats' reaction to President Trump during his State of the Union speech, despite citizens' pleas for bipartisanship.

Schiff asked Nunes for another vote on the memo, but Republicans didn't appear to waver.

"I also find it very telling that FBI Director Christopher Wray has not been included among those people who have expressed those grave concerns", Hamilton adds.

"She believes the minority memo should follow the same procedure to release to public after members have an opportunity to review it", he said.

But despite the FBI's warning and resistance from some conservatives, House Republicans are bulldozing ahead with the memo's release. "It does not impugn the Mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general".

Andrew Janz, Democrat, said the latest allegations against Nunes proves it's time for a change.

Trump told confidants in recent days he believes the memo will validate his concerns that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department conspired against him, according to one outside adviser familiar with those conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.