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 NunesPelosi raises alarm after Trump loyalist installed as top NSA lawyer NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order CIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report MORE (Calf.) was a riff on a phrase used by some to refer to Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpSinger Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' More voters say pardons for Trump's family would be inappropriate: poll Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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.