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Intelligence Committee Votes to Release Memo

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday evening to declassify the so-called Nunes memo, which will make light of surveillance abuses by the U.S. intelligence community.

Congressman Devin Nunes

The memo, which has been viewed by over 100 members of Congress, "reportedly shows how FBI officials concealed the use of political opposition research in their application to surveil members of the Trump campaign," according to POLITICO.

Compiled by GOP members of the committee under the stewardship of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), the document was the subject of the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag on Twitter because of its alleged contents.

Members of Congress who have seen the document attest to its explosiveness. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) said, "When you read the memo, it is going to be pretty clear why the Democrats -- and the Democratic Party in particular -- did not want it to come into the public light."

President Donald Trump has five days to decide whether he seeks to authorize the release of the memo or deny the effort at declassification. His Justice Department has lobbied against its release, and so has Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-California).

An FDL Review Twitter poll, which is currently still active, shows wide support for the House Intelligence Committee's decision: