FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes releasing a classified memo put together by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee because it contains inaccurate information.
Wray was allowed to read the four-page memo, which alleges bias at the FBI and Department of Justice, on Sunday. The memo also allegedly details abuses in a classified surveillance program known commonly as FISA.
On Monday, along party lines, House Intel voted to release the memo spearhead by Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other staffers.
The White House then received it later that night, and Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that since then, the FBI has not been part of the inter-agency review process.
Leaving his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, Trump was caught on a hot mic telling Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. he would “100 percent” release the memo.
Following Monday’s vote, Trump has five days to explicitly block the release of the memo — though the full House can vote to override the decision.
The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made a last-minute plea to White House chief of staff John Kelly about the “dangers” of releasing the memo. He was reportedly joined by Wray in that Monday meeting.
The FBI has had a newsworthy week outside of the controversial memo — Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announced Monday he was leaving his position, and both the bureau and the Justice Department and been fielding accusations of bias from Republican lawmakers for months.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have prepared their own memo that they say fills in the blanks and counters the misleading GOP memo, but the panel voted Monday to keep that one private and for House members only.