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Trump Authorizes Release of Nunes Memo

As widely expected, President Donald Trump authorized the release of the controversial Nunes memo. It has now been sent back to the House to release later today. There are to be no redactions of the document.

The House Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week that the memo — drafted by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his staff — should be made public. That voted was along party lines. It is purported that the four-page document shows FISA abuses in the Russia probe and the Steele dossier was the basis of a FISA warrant.

Here is a summary of the contents of the memo:

— As widely expected, the memo highlights the Steele dossier and attempts to discredit the salacious document and Christopher Steele while stating that the dossier “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.” Noting that there were numerous 90-day renewals made for the FISA warrant on Page, the memo claims that the judge signing the warrant was never made aware that Steele was paid by the DNC while compiling the dossier.

— Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is listed as one of those who signed off on one of the renewals.

— It appears that the memo actually admits that information surrounding former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopolous is what first triggered the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia election meddling. (It should be noted that the investigation began in July 2016 while the first Carter Page FISA application was signed in October 2016.) At the same time, they use Papadopolous as a way to bring up FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who shared anti-Trump texts.

He also writes that the memo states that the FBI and DOJ “mounted a months-long effort to keep the information” the memo shows out of the Intel Committee’s hands.

The FBI has stated that they have “grave concerns” over the memo’s accuracy. It has been reported that White House officials are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray may resign over the release of the memo.

You can see the memo for yourself here

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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