DOJ wants to see House Intel Committee memo alleging wrongdoing ‘right now’
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday called on the House Intelligence Committee to immediately share a copy of a classified memo that allegedly details how FBI and Justice Department officials abused the country’s surveillance programs.
“We’d very much like to act on any wrongdoing that’s gone on at the Department of Justice,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said on Fox News’s “Outnumbered Overtime,” adding about a memo compiled by committee staff that “we’d like to see it right now.”
“This attorney general has made clear that we’re going to be extraordinarily transparent about everything that’s gone on and if there’s been any wrongdoing, we want to know about it,” she said.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who is chairman of the committee, has denied the FBI’s and DOJ’s requests for the memo.
“The FBI has requested to receive a copy of the memo in order to evaluate the information and take appropriate steps if necessary. To date, the request has been declined,” FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said in a Monday statement.
Lawmakers from both parties have described the memo as a top-line summary supported by underlying information that is even more classified.
Those who viewed the much-sought-after document signed a waiver to not disclose specifics after viewing the memo in the committee’s secure spaces.
Isgur Flores noted that the FBI and DOJ provided the documents that Nunes and his staff ultimately used in the memo.
“Well, we’ve provided the House Intelligence Committee with over a thousand pages of classified documents and if they have evidence of wrongdoing, we’d very much like to see it,” she told Fox.
A majority of the committee members voted last week along party lines to allow other House members to view the memo, but the vote did not apply to senators.
Many GOP lawmakers began demanding the memo be released so that the public can review the “shocking” document for themselves. Some claim the memo’s contents are proof that the top officials within the government acted on their political biases in ultimately helping to fuel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.
The Justice Department’s spokeswoman warned that releasing the memo without review could have serious consequences for other matters of national security.
“Well the information in the memo, at this point, is classified and so that’s classified for a reason,” she said, adding that “a number of congressmen have expressed a lot of concern about it.”
“So we want to see the memo while it’s classified rather than wait for this process to play out. So we’d like to see it right now,” she said.
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