'Washington has braced on Friday (Feb 2) for the release of an explosive memo alleging abuse of power in the FBI’s probe of Donald Trump’s election campaign, which has magnified tensions between the White House and the government’s premier law enforcement body.
Trump is set to approve the memo's release, a White House official said on Thursday (Feb 1). The President is OK with” the memo’s publication, the official said, adding that Trump would “probably” give Congress a green light on Friday to release the document, which purports to show the Justice Department and FBI as politicised, anti-Trump agencies. It’s in Congress’ hands after that,” the official added.
The four-page memo was written by Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and purports to show the Justice Department and the FBI as deeply politicised, anti-Trump agencies.
Its release would amount to an outright rejection of the FBI’s extraordinary warning on Tuesday against the memo’s release – a warning that was unsigned but had to be approved by agency director Christopher Wray.
A decision to release the four-page document put the White House on a direct collision course with Trump’s own Justice Department, the broader intelligence community, Congressional Democrats and many Republicans.' - straits times