House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent a letter to the chairman of the panel, pressing for an urgent meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss areas of concern the FBI has regarding a controversial memo that allegedly outlines surveillance violations by the U.S. government.
“I write to ask that we call FBI Director Wray and other representatives from the Department of Justice to appear on an emergency basis before the Committee—on a formal or informal basis—to brief us on their concerns,” Nadler wrote to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., one day before President Trump is expected to allow the release of the four-page report.
“It is imperative that we hear directly from these officials about the security and law enforcement implications of making this information public,” Nadler added. “Because many of our Members have not read the underlying materials, it is also important that we hear about any inaccuracies or key omissions from the Nunes document.”
I've requested that @HouseJudiciary immediately call FBI Director Wray and other DOJ representatives to appear on an emergency basis before the Committee and brief us about their concerns regarding the #NunesMemo. https://t.co/bwABWiNah9 pic.twitter.com/gzEpvQKcwy— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) February 1, 2018
Nadler pointed out that the Justice Department has issued a warning against releasing the memo, claiming it would be “extraordinarily reckless” without proper review and the FBI said it had “grave concerns” about the document, asserting it had concerns about "material omissions of fact."
The memo was authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who was accused Wednesday of making "material changes" to it when it was sent to the White House after the House had approved the release the original version Monday.
A House Intelligence Committee spokesman admitted that small changes had been made, but brushed off concerns from Democrats that the changes were trying to create a “bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”
Dozens of Republican lawmakers have for weeks sought the public release of the memo and claim it contains evidence of violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Democrats have dismissed its contents as nothing more than "talking points" and have complained that the report, based on classified material from the Justice Department and FBI to which most members do not have access, is leading to a "false narrative" without the proper context.