The Washington Post reports:
President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau’s request, according to senior administration officials.
The redactions were the result of a review of the memo’s classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials, including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had opposed its release, citing “grave concerns” about key factual omissions and accuracy. The White House was not convinced that release would compromise national security but agreed to redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement methods, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Trump told associates last night Nunes memo will DISCREDIT Mueller probe and shows bias in FBI; WH aides supporting his stance. Trump, meantime, is angry about FBI statement yesterday. per @Kevinliptakcnn @SaraMurray @kaitlancollins https://t.co/Q2ERSEg8Ai
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 1, 2018