Dan Coats met with Kelly to air concerns about memo release: report

Dan Coats met with Kelly to air concerns about memo release: report

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTop Democrats request meeting with intel chief over sharing of classified info Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war NSA deletes scores of call records over ‘technical irregularities’ MORE met with White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE this week to air his concerns about the release of a memo alleging surveillance at the Department of Justice, according to The Washington Post.

Five FBI officials also reportedly expressed their reservations about the controversial document's release during a meeting with Kelly on Tuesday. 

The Post reports that the conversation between Kelly and the national security officials focused on the importance of shielding sources and intelligence gathering. 

The officials also reportedly expressed to Kelly how the release of the memo creates a dangerous precedent. 

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A senior administration official told The Hill that President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE has read the memo and could sign off on its publication as soon as Friday. 

Conservatives have suggested the memo, which was drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate House panel advances bill that would temporarily halt ObamaCare's employer mandate Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.), could undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election meddling, which includes any possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Democrats and the intelligence community have spoken out against its publication, saying the information is misleading and could reveal sensitive intelligence sources and methods.

Nunes has called the objections "spurious," but ranking Democrat Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin Top Democrats request meeting with intel chief over sharing of classified info Schiff: Trump should cancel meeting with Putin since he 'lacks courage to confront him' MORE (Calif.) accused Nunes of altering the memo ahead of its release.

Nunes said he simply made grammatical changes and additions requested by Schiff and the FBI. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Tampons sent to Dem who called for free feminine hygiene products in House MORE (R-Wis.) pleaded on Thursday with GOP members not to overplay the document’s findings and not to tie it to the Mueller investigation.

“What this is not is an indictment on our institutions, of our justice system. This memo is not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice. It does not impugn [Mueller’s] investigation or the deputy attorney general,” Ryan said.