FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes release of a classified Republican memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter, reported Bloomberg .
The FBI came close to publicly opposing the memo’s release, saying in a statement Wednesday that it has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
But House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes called the objections from the FBI and the Justice Department “spurious” and criticized officials for “stonewalling” the panel.
“It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign,” the California Republican said Wednesday in a statement. “Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
The spat comes amid a new report from CNN that President Donald Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in December for an update on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and whether Rosenstein was “on my team.” Rosenstein oversees Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The memo on actions early in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign is being reviewed by “our national security lawyers in the White House,” who are “slicing and dicing it,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Wednesday on Fox News Radio. But he left little doubt about the outcome, saying the disputed memo will be released “pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it.”
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