Graham: FISA memo should not be released now

Graham: FISA memo should not be released now
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Schiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment 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 John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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.