Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, is calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray to immediately testify about the “inaccuracies” and “omissions” in a GOP-crafted classified memo that claims to show anti-Trump bias at the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Nadler sent a letter to committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), asking him to arrange an emergency meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and other representatives from the DOJ to examine the “talking points” that he says Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and other Republicans are using to “discredit the work of the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
“It is imperative that we hear directly from these officials about the security and law enforcement implications of making this information public,” Nadler wrote.
“It is also important that we hear about any inaccuracies or key omissions from the Nunes document,” he added.
I’ve requested that @HouseJudiciary immediately call FBI Director Wray and other DOJ representatives to appear on an emergency basis before the Committee and brief us about their concerns regarding the #NunesMemo. https://t.co/bwABWiNah9 pic.twitter.com/gzEpvQKcwy
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) February 1, 2018
The Hill added:
President Trump plans to release a memo drafted by Nunes purporting to detail surveillance abuses by the federal government despite warnings from the FBI that the document contains inaccurate statements and omissions of fact.
“The president is OK with it,” a White House official said. “I doubt there will be any redactions. It’s in Congress’s hands after that.”
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the bureau said in a statement.
Nunes has fired back at the FBI’s criticism.
“It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counterintelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again,” Nunes said.