In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced this resolution after viewing the memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to call for its public release. Gaetz led a group of 65 lawmakers in calling for the release of the memo, writing the following to Nunes:
“This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government. We are writing to request the immediate release of this document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.”
The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to release the Nunes memo while voting against the release of a memo authored by Democratic members. Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) called the vote an attempt to “politicize the intelligence process” and added:
“Sadly, we expect that the president of the United States will not put the national interest over his own personal interest. But it is a sad day indeed when that is also true of our own committee.”
The FBI is attempting to stop the release of the memo and released the following statement:
"As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."
The White House signaled that it intends to allow the release of the memo following the completion of its review process, with Chief of Staff John Kelly saying “It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it.” A spokesman added that “The president would never and will never put American people’s lives at risk and threaten our national security and if anything in this document does that, he will not release it.”
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: South_agency / iStock)