Dan Coats met with Kelly to air concerns about memo release: report

Dan Coats met with Kelly to air concerns about memo release: report

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsThis week: Democrats churn toward next phase of impeachment fight 281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm MORE met with White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE this week to air his concerns about the release of a memo alleging surveillance at the Department of Justice, according to The Washington Post.

Five FBI officials also reportedly expressed their reservations about the controversial document's release during a meeting with Kelly on Tuesday. 

The Post reports that the conversation between Kelly and the national security officials focused on the importance of shielding sources and intelligence gathering. 

The officials also reportedly expressed to Kelly how the release of the memo creates a dangerous precedent. 

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A senior administration official told The Hill that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE has read the memo and could sign off on its publication as soon as Friday. 

Conservatives have suggested the memo, which was drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump hosts Erdoğan at White House | Says Turkish leader has 'great relationship with the Kurds' | Highlights from first public impeachment hearing GOP zeroes in on alleged Ukraine meddling during impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings MORE (R-Calif.), could undermine 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 probe into Russian election meddling, which includes any possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Democrats and the intelligence community have spoken out against its publication, saying the information is misleading and could reveal sensitive intelligence sources and methods.

Nunes has called the objections "spurious," but ranking Democrat Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGraham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing MORE (Calif.) accused Nunes of altering the memo ahead of its release.

Nunes said he simply made grammatical changes and additions requested by Schiff and the FBI. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) pleaded on Thursday with GOP members not to overplay the document’s findings and not to tie it to the Mueller investigation.

“What this is not is an indictment on our institutions, of our justice system. This memo is not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice. It does not impugn [Mueller’s] investigation or the deputy attorney general,” Ryan said.