House votes to release Nunes memo


As President Trump traveled to Davos last week aboard Air Force One, he was furious that the Department of Justice had warned that releasing a Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee would be reckless, according to a source familiar with the matter. There were several phone calls about this issue to the Justice Department, including at least one call between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House chief of staff John Kelly. The memo, spearheaded by committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-California), alleges the FBI abused the FISA surveillance law over its use of the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia as part of the case to obtain a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. It cites the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and outgoing deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for their roles in overseeing aspects of the investigation, according to a source briefed on the matter. The committee could vote as early as this evening to publicly release the memo. However, the committee has yet to tell its members whether it will hold such a vote.