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Schiff Claims Nunes Changed Controversial Republican Memo After Vote

Rep. Adam Schiff says the House intelligence committee chairman changed the controversial GOP memo before sending it to the White House for review.
Posted at 8:45 AM, Feb 01, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff claims the controversial Republican memo was changed before it was sent to the White House. 

Chairman of the House intelligence committee Devin Nunes wrote the memo, which alleges the FBI and Justice Department abused their surveillance authority. The committee voted Monday to release the memo to the public — a process that requires the White House to sign off on it.

In a letter to Nunes, Schiff said, "After reviewing both versions, it is clear that the Majority made material changes to the version it sent to the White House, which Committee Members were never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review, and never approved." 

Schiff's letter came after FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House not to release the memo because it contained inaccurate information. 

Schiff said Nunes needs to withdraw the document from the White House and vote on the alleged new version. 

House intelligence committee spokesman said the changes were "minor edits" and called Schiff's letter an "increasingly strange attempt to thwart publication of the memo." 

Trump's chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement Wednesday the memo would be released "pretty quick," but there's no word on if Schiff's letter will affect that release.