Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA 28th) is accusing chairman Devin Nunes of sending the White House a version of the memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses that is wildly different from what the committee approved.
The only possible reason for wanting to release this memo at all is to cast doubt on the Mueller investigation. Schiff has been joined by a number of insiders who say they believe that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the ultimate target, and the reason for this “memo.”
Schiff said, in a letter to Nunes, that his staff discovered Wednesday evening that the memo which was sent to the White House was “materially different” from the version on which the committee actually voted. The White House is reportedly reviewing the 4 page classified memo after the committee voted on Monday night to make it public.
Adam Schiff wrote:
“It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House. If the Majority remains intent on releasing its document to the public, despite repeated warnings from DOJ and the FBI, it must hold a new vote to release to the public its modified document.”
The FBI’s use of FISA surveillance warrants lies at the heart of the matter. A transcript has been released in which of Nunes expressed to House Intelligence Committee Republicans his will that they should vote to release their “memo,” despite Democratic efforts to delay the vote. Nunes also refuses to say whether the White House had any involvement in his efforts.
Following Trump’s State of the Union address, he was caught in a hot mic moment assuring Nunes that he would “100 percent” release the memo, despite the grave warnings of both the FBI and the Justice Department.