FBI Director Christopher Wray has reportedly warned the White House against releasing the classified GOP House Intelligence Committee memo, saying that some of the information in the document is inaccurate.
A source familiar with the situation informed Bloomberg that Wray told the White House that the memo "paints a false narrative." Republican lawmakers say the memo provides proof that the Department of Justice abused a surveillance program to unfairly target a member of the Trump campaign.
Wray met with House Intelligence Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.), whose staff authored the memo, on Sunday to review the document. Nunes reportedly told Wray to flag information in the document that was inaccurate or could endanger national security.
The Intelligence panel voted this week to make the memo public, giving President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE five days to review the document and make a final decision about its release. The FBI is not involved in the White House review of the document, according to Bloomberg.
Trump was heard telling a Republican lawmaker after Tuesday’s State of the Union address that he is “100 percent” for releasing the document.
The Intelligence Committee voted along party lines against releasing a countermemo compiled by Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel. Schiff says his memo refutes the Republican one point-by-point.
House GOP lawmakers have pushed for the release of the four-page GOP document, saying that it provides evidence of political bias against Trump in the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.