Graham: FISA memo should not be released now

Graham: FISA memo should not be released now
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy do Americans worry about North Korea? Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races 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 anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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) 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 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.