House Intel denied Senate Intel Committee access to surveillance memo: report

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has reportedly denied Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements Burr brother-in-law ordered to testify in insider trading probe MORE’s (R-N.C.) staff access to a classified memo detailing allegations of government surveillance abuse that is tied to the ongoing Russia election meddling investigation.

Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Devin Nunes's family ordered to reveal who is paying for defamation lawsuit Three key behind-the-scenes figures in Jan. 6 probe MORE (R-Calif.), who drafted the memo along with the help of his staff, denied Burr’s staff request for a copy of the document, CNN reported Wednesday, citing three sources familiar with the matter.


The panel voted last week to allow House lawmakers to view the memo in the committee's secure spaces. A House Intelligence Committee spokesman told The Hill that vote applied only to House members, which means senators were not granted access to view its contents.

The report comes at a time when Nunes could decide to put the release of the memo to a vote, which requires majority support among Intelligence Committee members.

Freedom Caucus Member Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Jim Jordan reveals he had COVID-19 this summer The Memo: Gosar censured, but toxic culture grows MORE (R-Ohio), who is part of the growing chorus of lawmakers calling for the memo's release, says President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE would then need to give the final sign-off to release the information.

Some lawmakers have described the memo as evidence of FBI abuse of the country’s government surveillance programs, while others have raised concerns that it reveals possible signs of political bias in the federal investigation that kicked the Russia investigation into gear.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, in a statement called the report “a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation."

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordConstant threats to government funding fail the American public GOP Senate candidate says Fauci is 'mass murderer,' should be jailed rather than 'hero' Rittenhouse Bill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate MORE (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN that the panel had not received access to the memo.

"None of the senators have access to it," Lankford said, telling the news outlet "right" when asked whether his panel’s memo access request had been denied.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Iowa Democrat drops bid to challenge Grassley after death of nephew Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (R-Iowa) also reportedly called for the information in the memo to be made public.

"Based on what I know, I agree that as much of this information should be made public as soon as possible through the appropriate process," Grassley told CNN.

The House and Senate Intelligence committees are leading separate probes that are seeking to independently investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Jonathan Easley contributed.