President Trump has reportedly signed off on the expedited release of a Congressional memo that documents widespread surveillance abuse by the Obama administration’s intelligence apparatus.
The president will reportedly wait until after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to release the highly-anticipated memo, which was drafted by House Oversight Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
Trump aides reportedly advised the president to hold off on releasing the memo until after his speech, so that he could deliver his message to the nation without any competing media narratives.
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday:
“We are incredibly focused on the State of the Union and the President wants to make sure that this is his moment to speak to the American people, and I think that is where his focus is going to be all day today.”
On Fox, WH’s Sanders says administration will “probably not” release Hse Intel Cmte FISA memo today. Says “we're going to review it today”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 30, 2018
Many Republicans in Congress have concluded that the memo is essential to understanding the Obama administration’s abuses of power in office. Democrats, on the other hand, have proclaimed the memo as a partisan “nothingburger.”
.@mattgaetz: "I think the American people will be shocked about the contents of this memo… President Trump has to make the decision to declassify this and I expect he will in the coming days." pic.twitter.com/fgx9Git7oI
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 30, 2018
Notably, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly left his position at the Bureau Monday, after his boss, FBI Director Chris Wray, viewed the memo.