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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., right, and the committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., leave after talking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, following a briefing with FBI Director Jim Comey about Russian influence on the American presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House Intel Committee votes to #ReleaseTheMemo


The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has voted in favor of releasing a controversial memo which reportedly details abuses of surveillance programs by the Department of Justice and FBI

The White House now has five days to review the memo and approve its release, at which point it would go public. While it is still unclear what exactly is detailed in the mysterious document, it reportedly addresses whether the FBI used the so-called "Trump dossier," which was partially paid for by Democrats, to engage in surveillance on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

"I think we have crossed a deeply regrettable line in this committee," Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters shortly after the vote.

Schiff noted he pushed for the meeting Scheduled the meeting to produce the minority memo which he spearheaded to counter the Republican version. House members will have access to the minority memo, but Republicans voted against also releasing it to the public. Schiff made a motion to have the FBI come to brief the committee on both memos, but that motion was also voted down along party lines. Additionally, he noted that Democrats just became aware that the committee is opening up an investigation into the FBI and Justice Department.

What we know about the #ReleaseTheMemo Memo

"Sadly we can fully expect that the president of the united states will not put the national interest over his own personal interest," said Schiff.

Primarily compiled by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the memo also reportedly names former FBI Director James Comey, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who resigned earlier Monday. All three have been heavily criticized by Republicans. There is no evidence thus far that McCabe's resignation was tied to memo. The New York Times reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray planned to move McCabe to a different position, causing McCabe to step down instead.

Democrats widely opposed releasing the memo to the public, especially prior to an FBI or Justice Department Review. Wray reportedly met with Nunes prior to the vote in order to review the memo's contents after initially being denied review. A letter from the Justice Department warned the committee that releasing the memo before review would be "extraordinarily reckless."

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