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Ryan supports release of Democrats’ countermemo

Ryan supports release of Democrats’ countermemo
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up MORE (R-Wis.) supports the release of a Democrat-drafted memo countering a GOP memo that reportedly alleges surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice.

“The speaker is in favor of greater transparency. If it is scrubbed to ensure it does not reveal sources and methods of our intelligence gathering, the speaker supports the release of the Democrats' memo," Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, told The Hill on Friday.

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to make the Republican-drafted memo public, while members voted to not release the Democrats' memo.

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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had expressed concerns that the countermemo would undermine sensitive intelligence sources and methods, according to the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.).

Schiff referred to the votes as “a deeply regrettable line in this committee, where for the first time in the 10 years I’ve been on the committee, there was a vote to politicize the declassification process of intelligence.”

The minority faces an uphill battle in releasing their countermemo, which Schiff says "sets out the proper context."

The GOP-memo, which was spearheaded by committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesCNN reporter's phone and email records secretly obtained by Trump administration: report Hillicon Valley: Colonial Pipeline CEO says company paid hackers .4 million in ransomware attack | Facebook sets up 'special operations center' for content on Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Granholm expresses openness to pipeline cyber standards after Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance investing in YouTube alternative popular among conservatives MORE (R-Calif.), has been criticized by Democrats as an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into Russian election meddling, which includes any possible ties between President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE's campaign and Moscow.

A senior administration official has told The Hill that Trump has read the memo and could sign off on its publication as early as Friday.

The intelligence community has also spoken out against the publication of the GOP memo, saying the information is misleading and could reveal sensitive intelligence sources and methods.

Nunes has called the objections "spurious."

Schiff on Wednesday accused Nunes of altering the memo after the committee had approved its release.

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

Ryan cautioned Republicans on the committee on Friday not to overplay the document’s findings and not to tie it to the special counsel's probe.

“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.