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John Kelly doesn’t think Nunes memo lives up to GOP promises: report

Chief of staff John Kelly told President Trump that he doesn't believe the GOP classified memo alleging wrongdoing at the Department of Justice lives up to the standard GOP lawmakers had told Trump it would, according to The Washington Post.

Kelly delivered the memo to Trump on Wednesday, and the pair briefly discussed it before Trump read the document.

Later that day, Kelly told Trump that making the memo public wouldn't risk national security but that he didn't believe the claims included in the document were as damning as GOP lawmakers had told Trump they would be, the Post reported.

The memo claims that the FBI and Justice Department abused a surveillance program to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Trump is expected to release the memo in the coming days. The document was drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's (R-Calif.) office.

GOP lawmakers had reportedly talked up the memo to Trump in the weeks leading up to the House Intelligence Committee's vote to release the document, the newspaper reported.

Trump reportedly decided that the memo had to be released before reading the document, but after discussing the document with Republican lawmakers, advisers and friends and watching cable news segments about the memo, according to the Post.

The FBI has publicly expressed concerns about the memo, and Trump-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly may quit if the document is released.

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