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Latest on Russian probe: CA congressmen spar over release of ‘secret’ House intel memo




Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, walks away from a meeting with House GOP members, on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, walks away from a meeting with House GOP members, on Capitol Hill January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Word is that President Trump could greenlight the release of the so-called Nunes memo as soon as today.

The investigation into charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has many twists and turns – the Nunes memo being just the latest. The claim – by President Trump and some members of the Republican Party – is that the Nunes memo adds fuel to the assertion that the Russian investigation conducted by independent counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI are biased against President Trump.

For its part, the  FBI made an out-of-character move yesterday and released a statement challenging the release of the memo.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

Guest:

Tom Frank, DC-based national security reporter at BuzzFeed News covering the FBI, and the Russian probe; he tweets @ByTomFrank