House panel backs release of Democrats’ memo on FBI

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of publicly releasing a classified memo that Democrats say undermines allegations by President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI abused its spying powers while investigating his campaign.

Trump has five days to review the request to release the memo, which was written by committee Democrats.

Democrats have clamored to release their memo since last week, when Republicans decided to make public their own classified document over the objections of the FBI.

Republicans’ memo, spearheaded by committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), claimed the FBI relied on a disputed dossier compiled by a former British spy to convince a court in October 2016 to grant a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. They said FBI agents improperly failed to disclose that the spy, Christopher Steele, had been financed by the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee for the research.

But Democrats have said — and some Republicans have acknowledged — that the FBI did mention a potential political bias in its application, though it didn’t specify Clinton or the DNC.



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