White House aide: Trump wants memo released for ‘transparency'

White House aide: Trump wants memo released for ‘transparency'
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White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE wants a classified memo that purports to show political bias within the FBI to be released.

“We don’t know what’s in the memo. But I think the president generally is 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 of Trump.


The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump called for the release of the memo, despite opposition from leaders at the Department of Justice and the FBI.

The classified documents are said to contain allegations that senior FBI officials abused a surveillance program to target the Trump campaign last year.

Several Republican lawmakers have since called for the classified report 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.

Officials at the Department of Justice said they have not been given a chance to review the memo, which was crafted by Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.).

"Indeed, we do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose this information without first consulting the relevant members of the Intelligence Community," Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote to the lawmakers on Thursday.