On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the four-page memo that supposedly shows how the Obama administration turned the intelligence community into a political weapon by abusing the FISA program to spy on the Trump campaign.
The memo, which will not be immediately released, was drafted by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and has infuriated Democratic lawmakers who claim that it will undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials. The Hill reports:
Some Republicans who have read the memo have hinted heavily that it contains information that could unravel the entire Mueller investigation, long described by the president as a “witch hunt.”
The precise contents of the memo remain unknown. However, it’s believed to contain allegations that the FBI did not adequately explain to a clandestine court that some of the information it used in a surveillance warrant application for Trump adviser Carter Page came from opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign, now known as the “Steele dossier.”
The document spotlights Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s role in approving the warrant application, according to the New York Times. Rosenstein appointed Mueller and has become a recent target on the right — as well as reportedly garnering the frustration of the president.
FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe stepped down from the FBI on Monday, although conflicting reports indicate that he was forced out, which comes just one day after FBI Director Chris Wray viewed the memo for the first time.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said shortly after the vote that an investigation into FBI and the DOJ is now underway.