Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) of the House Judiciary Committee said the classified memo Republicans say indicates anti-Trump bias at the Department of Justice is "worse than a nothing burger.”

“It’s worse than a nothing burger, it’s like having nothing mustard,” Lieu told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. “There is factual inaccuracies, it’s misleading. If they’re going to release that memo, then they have to release the Democratic memo so that the public has a full view of actually what happened.”

The phrase Lieu used to describe the House Intelligence Committee memo from GOP Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHere are the key players to watch at impeachment hearing Nunes pressed on Fox News about comparing impeachment inquiry to a 'coup' Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry MORE (Calf.) was a riff on a phrase used by some to refer to Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? MORE’s meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer.


Lieu urged that neither the Nunes memo nor the Democratic countermemo be released because they wouldn’t be “helpful to the dialogue” about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But one cannot be released without the other, Lieu said. 

Lieu told Blitzer that he couldn’t discuss the details of the memo but tweeted earlier Monday an analogy to the infamously hyped-up 1986 television special of Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vault. Millions tuned in to see what Rivera would find at the gravesite of the Chicago criminal.

“Remember Geraldo Rivera and the infamous Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults? It’s like that, but Geraldo Rivera has more integrity.”

The House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote to make the memo public on Monday night, after reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray has viewed the document, which allegedly claims the Justice Department abused a surveillance program to spy on a campaign adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE

Some Republicans believe the Nunes memo proves there is bias against Trump in the Department of Justice while Democrats have brushed off the claims.