Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden threatened Wednesday to release sensitive and classified information if the House Intelligence Committee’s majority memo is released to the public.
If this memo comes out, I have a long list of less sensitive, but still classified, information that the American people deserve to see. #secretlaw
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) January 31, 2018
“If this memo comes out, I have a long list of less sensitive, but still classified, information that the American people deserve to see,” he tweeted to his followers.
Wyden spokesman Keith Chu disputed the Oregon Democrat was threatening to release anything telling the Daily Caller in an e-mail statement, “You’ve misread Sen. Wyden’s tweet. Wyden is pledging to ramp up his 17-year fight to stop government from abusing the classification system through secret law. Please read his whole thread or ask before making wild accusations.”
Wyden’s remark comes in the wake of reports that the memo, written by Republican staffers and members on the committee, which describes how the FBI conducted its probe of the Clinton email case and Russia investigation, could be released at any point this week. The bureau claimed that the agency has “grave concerns” over making the memo public.
Democrats on the Committee, particularly ranking member California Rep. Adam Schiff, say Committee Chair Devin Nunes altered the memo after the committee voted to release the memo to the public.
“Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House — changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release,” Nunes said in a statement Wednesday night.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, however, noted that the FISA memo “will be embarrassing” to Schiff.