WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Thursday urged the release of a House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged FBI misconduct, arguing that the public needs to know “there is a problem with several people in the highest level of the bureau.”
Goodlatte, R-Va., said he has reviewed thousands of pages of documents related to the matter and that releasing the memo will give the public an understanding of the problem and spur further investigation.
“I think it’s very important the American people understand the nature of this,” he said.
Goodlatte told Fox News Thursday morning that the memo would embarrass “several people near the top of the FBI.”
Democrats want the memo withheld and have called on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to “immediately remove” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who authored it.
But President Trump is expected to release it today or tomorrow.
On Thursday, Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Nunes altered the memo after the panel voted to release it. Schiff and other Democrats said that goes against the logic of the committee vote, since that vote was on the memo in its form at the time, which Republicans have now altered.
Goodlatte said he did not know what changes were made to the memo but said it could amount to “small changes” made to ensure nothing is released that reveals sources and methods used by the bureau.