The document was penned by California Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who also served on Trump’s transition team.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNBC that will the Discharge could happen Friday, although This specific’s not set in stone. Trump has read the memo, NBC News reported, citing several White House officials.
The White House doesn’t plan to directly Discharge the memo, according to spokesman Raj Shah: “that will’s not the plan right today.”
“This specific’s a legislative document, as well as so, you know, we believe This specific’s appropriate for the legislature to be the ones to roll This specific out,” Shah said.
Shah also said the memo can be going through a “process” led by the White House counsel’s office that will requires input through law enforcement as well as intelligence officials. Once Trump decides whether to Discharge the memo, the White House counsel’s office will let the House Intelligence Committee know.
The panel had voted along party lines to approve the Discharge of the memo, which Nunes put together. The memo, which has been hyped by Trump supporters as well as partisan pundits, can be said to focus on the FBI’s alleged use of a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid by Democrats for his investigation of Trump’s interactions with Russians.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday demanded that will House Speaker Paul Ryan remove Nunes as chairman of the intelligence panel, saying he has “disgraced” the panel.
The ranking Democratic member of the committee, Adam Schiff of California, released a statement late Wednesday that will said Nunes altered the memo after the committee’s vote to Discharge This specific to the White House.
Schiff also wrote a memo to rival the Republicans’ document, although the House intelligence panel voted against releasing the Democrat’s document.