House intel panel votes to release classified memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing aside opposition from the Department of Justice, Republicans on the House intelligence committee voted Monday to release a classified memo that purports to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia investigation.
The memo has become a political flashpoint, with President Donald Trump and many Republicans pushing for its release and suggesting some in the Justice Department and FBI conspired against the president.
Privately, Trump has fumed over the Justice Department’s opposition to releasing the memo, according to an administration official not authorized to discuss private conversations and speaking on condition of anonymity.
At the behest of Trump, White House chief of staff John Kelly and other White House officials have been in contact with Justice Department officials to convey the president’s displeasure with the department’s leadership on the issue, the official said. In a series of calls last week, Kelly urged the Justice officials to do more within the bounds of the law to get the memo out, the official said.