In a last-ditch attempt to shield President Donald Trump from prosecution, House Republicans voted to release a memo, authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), that alleges misconduct by the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 presidential election, CNN reports. Republicans also voted down a Democrat-authored counter memo.
The panel voted to release the four-page memo, written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (D-CA), that reportedly describes classified information about biased decisions made by senior DOJ officials regarding surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
As noted by CNN, “the vote to release the classified information triggered a never-before-used rule that will give President Donald Trump five days to decide whether to publish the memo’s findings publicly.”
The memo has stirred controversy in recent weeks. It was only viewed by Trump-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday, and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has not been granted access to its contents. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, called it a “brainwashing memo” on Monday and said its only purpose was to “poison the well” against congresspeople who could hold Trump accountable should he fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
House Republicans also launched an investigation into the FBI and Department of Justice, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) revealed.
“The majority has opened an investigation into the FBI and the Department of Justice,” Schiff said.
TheHouse Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat told reporters that decision should have been made in consultation with the minority party, but that Democrats were informed Monday that was the case. “This is a wholesale broadside against two of our respected institutions,” Schiff said.
Watch Schiff break the news to reporters on Capitol Hill:
Breaking: GOP have “opened an investigation of the FBI and the Department of Justice” – Rep. Adam Schiff, “we learned about that for the first time today” pic.twitter.com/mGdNNNUas1
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) January 29, 2018