House Intel Committee to Meet Behind Closed Doors Amid Secret Memo Fight

That something could be the four-page memo prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

"But I think the President generally is on the side of transparency".

The memo also mentions that when they were initially seeking a warrant to begin surveilling Page, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department did not fully explain to an intelligence court judge that they were acting based on information uncovered by former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous but still unconfirmed dossier detailing Trump's alleged connections to Russian Federation.

"To the extent that the House, I think, has advocated that it's publicly released, I think the president is receptive to that", he said.

The New York Times, citing three people familiar with the document, reports that the memo portrays the Russian Federation investigation as "tainted from the start" because it relies in part on research by former British spy Christopher Steele, who had been financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Nevertheless, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly relayed the president's view to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - though the decision to release the document ultimately lies with Congress. That dossier was financed in part by the Democratic National Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Now a group of Republicans are calling for the secret report to be made public alleging it shows bias against Trump and his administration.

President Donald Trump, who believes the entire administration should be in his pocket, was left quite stunned when he got a reality check that his "guys" at the Justice Department did not agree with each and every one of his moves.

The Department of Justice has said that releasing the document would not comply with the terms struck with Republican Speaker Paul Ryan's office when the agreement was made to hand over the information to form the Nunes memo.

DOJ spokeswoman Sara Isgur Flores, another political appointee, added the next day in a rare cable news appearance that the department needed to see any alleged "evidence of wrongdoing" in order to "hold people responsible for it".

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "New Day" Monday that releasing the memo could "send a message of accountability" in the USA intelligence community. A vote on releasing that memo to the public was expected this week.

Now, Fox News' Catherine Herridge reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray reviewed the memo over the weekend. As a result, Mueller might seek to outline his findings about Trump's actions in a written report rather than bring them in court through criminal charges.

Trump has been critical of McCabe because his wife Jill McCabe received almost $500,000 in campaign contributions in 2015 from a political-action committee tied to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat with long ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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