House in­tel panel votes to re­lease clas­si­fied memo

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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.

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