The FBI warned Wednesday it has "grave concerns" over the accuracy of a secret Congressional memo that could depict the agency as deeply politicized, as President Donald Trump's top aide signalled the White House would allow the document's release.
"We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process", it said.
Republicans have said the memo reveals grave concerns about abuses of the government surveillance powers in the Russian Federation investigation. So I've had access to all of the intelligence, which Mr. Nunes could have access to, but has not.
Administration officials cautioned that despite Trump's commentthat the document will be reviewed to make sure that it does not compromise sources and methods.
The escalating clashes over the investigation, which began as an inquiry into whether anyone from Trump's team helped the Russian efforts, come as Mueller appears to be examining whether the president obstructed justice by actions including the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey a year ago.
Several House members have said it is critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, while Democrats have criticized the document as "highly misleading" and meant to undermine the investigation. "That investigation continues. And I would urge my colleagues to vote no, we are not going to be briefed by people that are under investigation by this committee". Rosenstein was joined in the meeting at the White House by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
That move has raised Trump's frustration with Rosenstein, who is responsible for overseeing the special prosecutor heading the Russian Federation probe, Robert Mueller, and Democrats fear that the president may use the memo as an excuse to ax Rosenstein and then the special counsel.
Nunes said the committee issued several subpoenas opposed by Democrats, and told Quigley "every member of this House can conduct (investigations) - you have always had my strong support to investigate, review anything under our jurisdiction".
The FBI expressed "grave concerns" on Wednesday over a controversial surveillance memo that could be released to the public this week.
Committee Republicans also rejected a request by Democrats to publicly release a Democratic counter memo based on the same underlying intelligence, but which Democrats said would show the GOP memo was based on "cherry-picked intelligence".
What the Democrats on the intelligence committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have strongly suggested, however, is that there was other evidence beyond the Steele report that implied Carter Page was allegedly acting as a Russian agent. The president has told close advisers recently that the memo could provide him with grounds for either firing or forcing the deputy attorney general to leave, according to one person familiar with his remarks. Officials said the precise timing has not yet been decided and the memo remains under review.
White House Chief of Staff Kelly said Wednesday on Fox News Radio that he expected the memo to be released "pretty quick".
He said that releasing it could set a "bad precedent", adding, "The FBI is in a bind here, no matter what they do".
Adam Schiff sent a letter to House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes late Wednesday that charged the document had been "secretly altered" by Republicans after the vote.
The bureau acknowledged that Wray was granted a "limited opportunity" to review the memo on Sunday. He said the committee agreed to let House members read it and would consider making it public after that.