Axios: President Trump has approved the release, without redactions, of the classified Nunes memo on alleged FISA abuses, a White House official told Axios. The release was vehemently opposed by the intelligence community, with the FBI issuing a rare public statement to express its “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
The three-and-a-half-page memo was prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and is a critique of the FBI’s application for surveillance authority before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.
That application granted the FBI the ability to conduct secret surveillance on a Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.
“Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses to the FISA process,” the memo says.
The memo says that a dossier compiled on Trump by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was a key part of the information presented to the FISA court for the surveillance of Page. The GOP memo, however, also says that information given to the court did not reveal that the dossier was financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
The memo also notes that the information presented to the court did not reveal that Steele was working for Fusion GPS, a political opposition research firm of former journalists.