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Trump Approves Release Of GOP Memo, Immediately Hands ‘Exclusive Excerpts’ To Fox News

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Trump Approves Release Of GOP Memo, Immediately Hands ‘Exclusive Excerpts’ To Fox News





The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a controversial classified memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI shortly after President Trump approved its release without redactions Friday morning.

Republicans released “exclusive first excerpts” to Fox News and other Trum-friendly conservative outlets.



MSNBC’s Chuck Todd blasted the move: “Not a good look by the House GOP to release cherry picked excerpts through friendly media outlets in order to build a narrative. Only reinforces the partisan look to all this. A truly nonpartisan act would have been a complete release without cherry picks.”

The FBI and the Justice Department strongly objected to the memo’s release.

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI had said it was “gravely concerned” that key facts were missing from the memo, which, it said, left an inaccurate impression of how the agency conducted surveillance under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Read the full, four-page memo below.

House Intelligence Committee releases memo by acohnthehill on Scribd

Several keen reporters zeroed in on one key line in the memo which undermines its central thesis:




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