FBI has ‘grave concerns’ about Trump plan to release controversial memo

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In statement attributable to FBI director – appointed by Trump – agency raises concerns about ‘material omissions of fact’ in document.

The FBI said on Wednesday it had “grave concerns” about Donald Trump’s apparent intention to release a memo said to contain classified information about the bureau’s investigation into one of the president’s campaign aides.

After both Trump and the House speaker, Paul Ryan, made public statements supporting the so-called Nunes memo’s release, which the US president said he “100%” backed releasing, the fight over its fate took an extraordinary twist with the highly unusual FBI statement ultimately attributable to its director, Trump’s appointee Christopher Wray.

The clash between Wray and Trump is only the latest flare-up in what officials warn is an increasingly dangerous showdown between the White House and justice department, with a cycle of firings and retaliatory leaks potentially culminating in a spectacular firing or similar move by Trump that could threaten a constitutional crisis.
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“We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said in its statement.

A Trump administration official told Reuters the memo was likely to be released on Thursday.

The memo in question, which Democrats have said cherry-picks classified material to make Russia investigators look bad, was assembled by the House intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes, a staunch Trump supporter and a member of his transition team.

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