FBI expresses 'grave concerns' over accuracy of Republican surveillance memo

The FBI says it has “grave concerns” about the Republican memo’s accuracy

On Monday, over the objections of Democrats and Trump’s own Justice Department, Republicans on the House panel voted release the memo. And after Tuesday night’s “State of the Union” address, Trump was overheard telling Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., that he’s “100 percent” behind the release of the memo.

In an unexpected statement Wednesday, the FBI said that before the House vote, the FBI was “provided a limited opportunity to review this memo.”

“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI statement said.

Republicans have complained that the secretive court overseeing FISA approved surveillance of at least one Trump associate based on "fake" information and the controversial "dossier” that, as one Republican lawmaker put it, was “dressed up” by former British spy Chris Steele, who authored the dossier that includes allegations of ties between Trump, his aides, and Russian operatives.

The announcement of the Nunes memorandum has been followed by an online effort to reveal the memo publicly, pushed around the world with the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, according to multiple data analysis firms.

“Americans deserve to know the contents of the memo,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted more than a week ago. “Democrats & deep state govt officials are doing everything they can to protect those within the government who used their positions of influence to target those they disagree with politically.”

On the same day, the president tweeted a message saying surveillance powers were “wrongly abused during the election.”

It "may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals,” Schiff said.

When later asked by ABC News why he isn’t pushing Republicans to wait and release their memo at the same time Democrats release theirs to ensure a full picture, Ryan said “we’re going to go through the process as the process is laid out. He added that the Democratic memo has not yet gone through the full vetting process.

Even as Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release the Republican-authored memo, they voted against releasing a memo written by Democrats that Democrats say shows the Republican memo to be highly misleading.

In its statement Wednesday, the FBI said it “takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process.”

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