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 NunesOvernight Defense: Stopgap spending measure awaits Senate vote | Trump nominates former Nunes aide for intelligence community watchdog | Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to contractors, military Trump nominates former Nunes aide to serve as intel community inspector general Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election MORE (Calf.) was a riff on a phrase used by some to refer to Donald Trump Jr.Don John Trump'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic requests pardon from Trump: 'Be my hero please' Zaid Jilani discusses Trump's move to cancel racial sensitivity training at federal agencies Trump International Hotel in Vancouver closes permanently 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests 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.