Republicans and Democrats are at odds over a memo, spearheaded by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that Republicans say shows evidence of bias against President Donald Trump and corruption within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.
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It is not clear to what extent the document was modified, or how meaningful the changes may be, though the letter describes the changes as "substantive", and says they were ones Committee members were "never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review, and never approved".
A Nunes spokesman dismissed Schiff's letter Wednesday, calling it part of an "increasingly unusual attempt to thwart publication of the memo".
Republicans who have reviewed the document claim the memo proves that the Department of Justice (DOJ) abused its surveillance practices while Democrats claim it is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russian Federation probe, furthering the divide between the president and the agency.
The memo has become a flashpoint in politically divided Washington, with some Republicans increasingly voicing complaints about Mueller's months-long investigation and claiming that some Justice Department officials have worked to undermine Trump's presidency.
Release of the memo has been opposed by Democrats, who argue it gives an inaccurate portrayal of appropriate actions undertaken by law enforcement, and by the Justice Department, which has said it should remain classified. Rosenstein was joined in the meeting at the White House by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. "This new version is not the same document shared with the entire House and on which Committee Members voted".
One can safely assume that Wray is challenging Trump through this public statement, and the president will undoubtedly not be pleased that his appointee is doing so.
The White House could prevent the release of the memo if it wanted to.
Fox News obtained details of a heated debate between House intel committee Democrats and Republicans about its release.
The release of a secret memo produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes isn't a done deal, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.