President Trump is expected to swiftly declassify a controversial memo on purported surveillance abuses, sources tell Fox News, even as Democrats raise objections that edits were made to the document since it was approved for release by a key committee.
The release is likely to come Friday morning, Fox News is told.
Trump already had made clear he supports the release of the document, but the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee late Wednesday charged that the committee’s chairman made “material changes” to the memo.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who opposes the memo’s release in any form, wrote that the committee’s minority determined that the letter was not “the same document” its members have been reviewing since mid-January. Chairman Devin Nunes’s office countered that the changes were minor and blasted the complaint as a “bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”
Fox News is told that the version Trump plans to declassify contains only “technical edits” made at the request of the FBI.
Sources said the edited version was shown to five FBI officials at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. Sources said the officials were satisfied that the edited memo addressed concerns they had about the earlier version they reviewed on Monday.
Yet an FBI statement was released on Wednesday asserting they had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
SOURCE: Fox News