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 CoatsThe risk of a politicized national intelligence director Trump considering Utah GOP lawmaker for top intelligence post: report  TikTok national security problem: Don't ignore the lessons of 2016 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. 


A senior administration official told The Hill that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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 NunesCalifornia newspaper says it was excluded from event with Nunes, Bernhardt The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Trump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman MORE (R-Calif.), could undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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 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 SchiffTop intelligence community lawyer leaving position Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump 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 RyanOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Paul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party 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.