President Donald Trump will consider the national security implications of releasing a currently classified memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, assuming they vote to de-classify it in the coming weeks, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN Monday.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes assembled the memo with fellow Intel committee members and staff based on classified information turned over by the FBI and the DOJ. The document allegedly contains proof that some of the top officials in the Obama-era national security establishment abused their authority to obtain surveillance warrants on members of President Trump’s campaign.
“The House of Representatives may vote out for release this memo and then it goes in the president’s hands and he has the ability to object to it,” Shah explained, adding “if that happens, we’re going to have a whole national security review and look at this document and then make a determination. the president will make a determination.”
The deputy press secretary continued that “it could send a message of accountability.
“It could shed light on allegations that have existed for a long time.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, one of the memo’s authors, told Fox News Sunday “if you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not its ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out.”
The Department of Justice has asked the House Intelligence Committee to allow it to review the memo before its release, warning that it could inadvertently damage national security.