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It’s one of the most-talked-about documents in Washington … a Republican-crafted memo that’s said to be highly critical (and allegedly inaccurately so) of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Public debate picked up last week when the memo became a meme, trending in conservative circles online. By a party-line vote, the House Intelligence Committee approved the document’s release on Monday. The next day, the president said he would make it public.
But the FBI says to slow down. The bureau has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” and others worry the release of an unverified, potentially highly partisan assessment of the FBI’s operations could fundamentally disrupt the relationship between law enforcement, legislators and the president.
- Ron Elving Senior editor and correspondent, NPR
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