FBI Releases Statement Expressing ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes Memo’s Accuracy

On Wednesday, the FBI released a statement that cast doubt on the accuracy of a controversial memo, which President Donald Trump wanted to release, that allegedly detailed surveillance abuses by the Justice Department:

“We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said of the memo drafted by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

The House Intelligence Committee, which Nunes chairs, voted Monday to release the memo, a move that White House chief of staff John Kelly said Trump would approve.

According to CNN, the memo accuses the FBI of abusing its authority when it tried to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

The FBI’s statement came just after news that FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed to the White House his concern about the memo’s accuracy.

Wray reportedly reviewed the memo on Sunday, just a day before summoning Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was allegedly mentioned in the potentially damning memo, to his office.

McCabe resigned on the day of his meeting with Wray and following suspicions that he had a political bias while serving in the agency that investigated both Trump and his former opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

As Trump noted in 2017, McCabe’s wife received political donations from an organization controlled by Clinton ally and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The memo controversy came amid broader concerns about political bias at the FBI, something Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed in a speech last week to eradicate.

“That sort of thinking is the antithesis of what the department stands for, and I won’t tolerate it,” he said of political bias and favoritism.

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