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>> The FBI publically coming out against the release of contentious classified memo written by republicans, alleging the FBI abused its surveillance power. In a rare statement Wednesday, the bureau, headed by Trump pick Chris Wray, said quote, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy.
00:00:20
That effectively puts the FBI on a collision course with the White House, after the President was caught on camera Tuesday night as he departed his State of the Union address, saying he would release it.>> Let's release the memo. Yeah, don't worry, 100 percent.>> Reuters diplomatic correspondent Warren Strobel is on the story.
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>> This memorandum was written by Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee If you talk to democratic lawmakers and many sort of neutral observers, they will tell you that this memorandum is an attempt by House Republicans to discredit the entire investigation of whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
00:00:56
>> On Wednesday, the President’s Chief of Staff said that the memo quote, will be released here pretty quick I think. Even though on Tuesday White House spokeswoman, Sara Huckabee Sanders, said the President had not yet seen the memo or been briefed on it's contents. The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to publicly release the classified document commissioned by Nunes.
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>> There may have been malfeasance by people at the FBI.>> While House Speaker, Paul Ryan, defended the move, Democrats have criticized the document as highly misleading. And releasing the memo, which the Department of Justice has previously said would be quote, extraordinarily reckless, may not be without it's risks.
00:01:33
>> If you talk to intelligence and law enforcement professionals, they say that there's information in there that shouldn't be released publicly. Having to do with how the United States Government obtains approval for surveillance for intelligence or counterespionage purposes. One also has to wonder if the White House does go ahead and declassify and release this memo, whether that will lead to resignations or protests at the Justice Department and the FBI.
00:01:55
>> Trump now has until the weekend to decide whether to allow the public release of the memo.