The House Intelligence Committee will meet Monday to consider whether to declassify a Democratic memo that rebuts the Republican Nunes memo alleging bias within the FBI and Justice Department, Reuters reported.
The memo is expected to be brought before the committee at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, according to the report.
Democrats said last week that their 10-page memo will show that the GOP account is an attempt by the White House to “discredit, disable and defeat the Russia investigation” and that they feel the president will be forced to release it.
“This wasn’t about oversight, this is about telling a political story that’s helpful to the president,” ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters. “It’s about telling a political story that’s designed to injure the work of the special counsel and discredit it.”
He continued, “I think the president would be hard-pressed to try to suppress this memo, particularly since they claim they’re releasing the GOP memo in the interest of transparency.”
The Nunes memo details alleged reports of FBI agents abusing government surveillance rights to investigate a former Trump campaign associate. It can be read in full here.
Since its release, President Donald Trump’s approval rating has risen to a near-11-month high to 49 percent.
In a tweet, Trump said the ratings are “higher than certain ‘sacred cows,’” apparently referencing past presidents widely thought of as good leaders.
The president has also taken to Twitter to speak specifically about the Nunes memo, which he says “totally vindicates ‘Trump’” in the Russia investigation.
“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on,” Trump tweeted. “Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”