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Graham: FISA memo should not be released now

Graham: FISA memo should not be released now
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.) said on Sunday he does not believe a classified memo purported to list Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the U.S. government should be released now. 

"No, I don't want it released yet," Graham told ABC's "This Week."

"I want somebody outside of the Republican-led Congress to look at these allegations," he said.

"I've been a lawyer most of my adult life and the way the FBI conducted itself in the Department of Justice bothers me," he continued. 

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White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said during another show on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE wants the classified memo to be released.

“We don’t know what’s in the memo. But I think the president generally sides on the side of transparency,” Short said on “Fox News Sunday.”

"I’m sure he’s very concerned about some of the appearances of conflict of interest at the top of the agency," Short said, referring to Trump.

The classified document is said to contain allegations that senior FBI officials abused the surveillance program to target the president’s campaign.

Several Republican lawmakers have since called for it to be released, saying it will show that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia is based on politically motivated actions.

— Brett Samuels contributed to this report, which was updated at 10 a.m.