Thursday, February 1, 2018

President Trump to 'OK' Release of Classified GOP Intelligence Memo

This is great!

A report at CBS Evening News, "Controversial surveillance memo expected to be released."

At the Los Angeles Times, FWIW, "Trump's approval will ensure controversial memo will see the light of day despite warnings from intelligence officials":
President Trump is prepared to approve the release of a controversial Republican-drafted memo about secret government surveillance as soon as Friday, a step that would put him at odds with his top national security officials but could give him a new tool to undermine public confidence in the Russia investigation.

The White House might not seek any changes to the classified document, a senior administration official said Thursday, even though FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have expressed concern about its contents.

"The president is OK with it," the official said. "I doubt there will be any redactions. It's in Congress' hands after that."

The FBI publicly warned Wednesday that it had "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy, a highly unusual challenge to the White House. Coats has privately expressed similar concerns to the White House, saying the release could set a troubling precedent for revealing classified information, according to another U.S. official...