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Trump tells Republican he's '100 percent' for releasing Nunes memo

President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE reassured a GOP lawmaker after his State of the Union speech that he backs releasing a classified Republican memo that alleges the FBI improperly used a surveillance program.

"Oh yeah, don't worry, 100 percent," Trump told Rep. Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanGOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' Georgia county says removal of All-Star Game will cost tourism 0M GOP senators push to end MLB antitrust status MORE (R-S.C.), who urged Trump as he was heading out of the House chamber to "release the memo."

The controversial memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesMcCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues MORE (R-Calif.) alleges "shocking" surveillance abuses by the Justice Department, according to GOP lawmakers.

The memo is said to contain allegations of the FBI improperly surveilling Trump campaign communications.

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Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee voted this week to release the memo. They also opposed publicly releasing a countermemo from Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump backs Stefanik to replace Cheney Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Senate Intel vows to 'get to the bottom' of 'Havana syndrome' attacks MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, but agreed to circulate it among House members.
 
Republican members of the committee said on Tuesday that they are working on a transcript of the closed-door vote and will release it when it's finished. 

CBS News reported on Tuesday that representatives from the FBI, Department of Justice, National Security Agency and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are reviewing it. Under a House rule Republicans used to override the classification of the four-page memo, Trump has five days, from Monday, to review and reject or approve the memo's publication.

The House vote came as Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE made a last-ditch plea for the White House not to release the memo, telling chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE that it could put classified information at risk, according to The Washington Post.

But the White House has signaled support for the four-page document to be released and is widely expected to defy the Justice Department and make the memo public.

It's believed that the memo contains allegations that the FBI did not adequately explain to a clandestine court that some of the information used in the application for the surveillance warrant of former Trump adviser Carter Page came from a controversial opposition research dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

According to The New York Times, the document also spotlights Rosenstein's role in approving the warrant application. The No. 2 DOJ official has increasingly become a target on the right, though, to date, there has been no public evidence that department officials abused the process for getting a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

FISA warrant applications require multiple levels of authentication and require investigators to show probable cause that an individual is acting as an agent of a foreign power.