The White House has declassified a memo written by members of the Republican party on the Russian collusion probe.
This clears the way for the US House intelligence committee to release the document, which is based on classified information and alleges the FBI abused US government surveillance powers during its investigation.
US president Donald Trump cleared the way for publication of the controversial document despite strong objections from the FBI, who said it could damage national security and mislead the public. Mr Trump said “a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves” over the contents of the memo. The four-page memo was drafted by Republicans on the committee chaired by congressman Devin Nunes of California.
Mr Trump said: “The memo was sent to congress, it was declassified. Congress will do whatever they’re going to do. But I think it’s a disgrace what’s happened in our country.” The president’s decision to declassify the memo clears the way for the public release of the document.
The memo was prepared by Republicans on the US House intelligence committee based on classified information, and alleges the FBI abused US government surveillance powers in its investigation into allegations of Russian collusion during Mr Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
The FBI previously said it had “grave concerns” about the memo’s accuracy.