The FBI Just Came Out Hard Against Trump Releasing the Nunes Memo

June 21, 2016 - Washington, DC, USA - The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Credit Image: © Tong Wu/TNS via ZUMA Wire)Tong Wu/TNS via ZUMA

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Earlier this week House Republicans voted to make public a controversial memo assembled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that is said to allege abuses on the part of the FBI in the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. Today, the FBI released a statement that left little room for doubt about how the law enforcement agency and its Trump-appointed director feel about the document.


“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 statement reads. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

The statement comes on the heels of comments by Trump following his State of the Union address, when Trump told a conservative congressman that he will approve the release of the Nunes memo “100 percent”—yet another clear signal that Trump is doing everything he can to sabotage the Mueller investigation.

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