WASHINGTON — “President Trump cleared the way on Thursday for the release of a secret memo written by Republican congressional staffers and said to accuse federal law enforcement officials of abusing their surveillance authorities. Trump has no objections and is not expected to request any redactions,” the New York Times reported.
The House Intelligence Committee has been pushing for the release of the document for weeks. The Democrats have opposed the sharing of the material without stating why. The FBI and national security officials have said that “that releasing the document would jeopardize sensitive government information, including how intelligence is gathered, and from Democrats who say it is politically motivated and distorts the actions of the Justice Department and the F.B.I. by omitting crucial context.”
The document is said to allege the FBI abused its surveillance tools during the Russian probe of alleged collusion between The Russians and the Trump campaign.
OUR FREE OPINION
In recent phone calls, Trump has told friends he believes the memo would expose bias within the FBI’s top ranks and make it easier for him to argue the Russia investigations are prejudiced against him, according to two sources. We strongly agree that the report should be released to the public. As we have expressed several times, we have serious questions about the legitimacy of the special investigation of the Trump team.