What is the Nunes memo — Explainer

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Ryan is not a stupid or naive man, which makes him a blatantly dishonest man. He doesn't believe that; no one in Washington, liberal or conservative, believes it.

At a retreat for Republican lawmakers in West Virginia Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the memo is not politically motivated, and not an indictment of the FBI or the Department of Justice.

Knight (R-Palmdale) and other House members had the opportunity to read the memo earlier this month, Knight Communications Director Scott Jusus said.

That's why he has asked for "loyalty" from Justice and FBI leaders - Rod Rosenstein, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and probably more. He thinks the FBI and Justice Department should serve him and, if necessary, protect him from the consequences of his actions.

The memo was commissioned by the Republican chairman of the House intelligence panel, Devin Nunes. Republicans say the memo raises questions about political bias against the president, and Trump is eager for it to be made public.

The memo offered the first government confirmation that the FBI in October 2016 obtained a secret warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor a Trump campaign associate, Carter Page, on the basis that the FBI believed he might be an agent of a foreign power - in this case, Russia.

Page has been under investigation by U.S. intel since 2013. Investigators are attempting to establish whether the Trump campaign aided Russia's alleged 2016 election interference. The Russian spy ring was caught by authorities. Steele's research was compiled into a dossier of salacious allegations involving Trump and Russia.

In an interview with ABC News' This Week, Graham said that the memo warranted greater scrutiny before its release.

"This is designed to impugn the credibility of the FBI, to undermine the investigation, to give the president additional fodder to attack the investigation".

"It's clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counterintelligence investigation during an American political campaign".

Lawrence O'Donnell nailed it. The memo isn't going to change anything. A second White House official said Trump was likely to declassify the congressional memo but the precise method for making it public was still being figured out.

Not to mention California U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, who has done backflips trying to curb the damage.

Intelligence Committee chairman Nunes called the FBI's objections to release of the memo "spurious".

The memo was declassified by the president and released without redactions, report the Associated Press, the New York Times, Politico and the Washington Post, which posted the memo.

Trump also tweeted a quote from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, who appeared on 'Fox & Friends' on Friday morning.

"I can tell you he didn't play a role in any of that process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday. Mueller's probe grew out of the FBI's Russia investigation after Trump fired the agency's previous director.

Comey weighed in on Twitter as well: "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up".

But Democrats say the memo is based on selective information that does not reflect the entire classified file on the warrant application on Mr Page. "Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy".