The New York Times reports:
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, apparently disregarding Justice Department warnings that their actions would be “extraordinarily reckless,” voted Monday evening to release a contentious secret memorandum said to accuse the department and the F.B.I. of misusing their authority to obtain a secret surveillance order on a former Trump campaign associate.
The vote threw fuel an already fiery partisan conflict over the investigations into Russia’s brazen meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Republicans invoked a power never before used by the secretive committee to effectively declassify the memo that they had compiled. Democrats called the three-and-a half-page document a dangerous effort to build a narrative to undercut the department’s ongoing Russia investigation, using cherry-picked facts assembled with little or no context.
What comes next was less clear. Under the obscure House rule invoked by the committee, President Trump now has five days to review the document and decide whether to try to block it from going public. The White House has repeatedly indicated that it wants the memo out, but Mr. Trump’s Justice Department had been working to slow or block its release.
.@RepAdamSchiff says GOP majority voted down democrats’ memo or letting FBI Director Chris Wray brief committee before releasing GOP memo all democratic points voted down says GOP has politicized process & selectively released their facts says “sad day for committee”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) January 29, 2018
Schiff says House Intel voted to release NUNES memo; he says they would not agree to release Democratic memo as of now
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 29, 2018
Breaking: “It is a sad day.. today this committee voted to put the President’s personal interest, perhaps their own political interest above the national interest” – Rep. Adam Schiff on House decision to release Nunes memo: pic.twitter.com/kaXSpKHlR8
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) January 29, 2018