FBI Says It Has 'Grave Concerns' Over Release of Controversial Memo

A statement issued by the FBI expressed grave concerns over a controversial, classified GOP memo that alleged bias at the FBI and Justice Department. FBI Director Christopher Wray says the memorandum put out by Rep. Devin Nunes contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative. 

"The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process." 

"With regard to the House Intelligence Committee's memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."

The memo refers to actions taken by FBI agents early in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and is being reviewed by national security lawyers in the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Fox News on Wednesday. 

The House GOP voted to release the memo on Monday and the White House has up to five days to review and decide whether it should be released. During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Trump was caught on a hot mic telling a congressman that it would be released, "100 percent." 

The controversial memo was written by aides under the direction of Republican Chairman Devin Nunes, and was aimed at raising questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. 

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