In a rare public statement, the FBI said Wednesday that it has "grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact" the accuracy of a secret memo backed by Republicans. The memo, which was compiled by GOP staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), reportedly accuses FBI and Justice Department officials of abusing surveillance laws to get court permission to surveil President Trump's campaign adviser Carter Page.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the document Monday. The FBI said it was "provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it." Democrats have argued that the memo is misleading, could compromise intelligence sources and methods, and aims to undercut the Russia investigation.
President Trump has three days left to review the memo and decide if he should block its release. Read the FBI's full statement below. Jeva Lange
Whoa. INBOX, in rare public statement, FBI says it had limited opportunity to review the Nunes memo before the vote and "we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy." pic.twitter.com/gf3NmuW1DZ
— Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWill) January 31, 2018