The secret Nunes memo reportedly reveals that Rod Rosenstein re-upped surveillance of Trump adviser last year

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
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The classified memo compiled by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee reveals that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentstein, sometime after the Senate confirmed him last spring, approved an application to extend federal surveillance of Carter Page, an adviser on President Trump's campaign until September 2016, The New York Times reports, citing "three people familiar with" the memo. The renewal application, presented to a FISA court, shows that even under Trump, the Justice Department saw reason to believe that Page "was acting as a Russian agent." It's not clear if the FISA court approved the request.

The House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), will vote as early as Monday on whether to declassify the memo, compiled under Nunes and shared with some House members. Trump would then have five days to try to block its release. The Justice Department warned Nunes last week that it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to release the memo without vetting from the intelligence community, but Trump is open about wanting it released.

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