President Donald Trump will reportedly declassify the infamous memo written by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) — if the House votes for its release.
CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted Tuesday that the president was considering the declassification of a four-page memo that has become a conservative talking point, spurring on the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after Republicans took to right-wing news outlets to tease its contents.
Trump to declassify Nunes memo if the House approves release, source tells @evanperez
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 23, 2018
After Raju tweeted the scoop, Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey brought up concerns other whether the memo had been reviewed by multiple agencies and if it’s been the subject of national security scrutiny.
Has it gone through interagency review? Has Trump been briefed (or bothered to ask) about the potential national security consequences of releasing the memo (and underlying Gang if Eight material if necessary)? https://t.co/lCWKo7J7mX
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 23, 2018
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted to the Huffington Post last week that the short memo is an aggregated list of data that supposedly prove “widespread abuse” at the Department of Justice. He also admitted it was written by congressional staffers.