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Was President Trump wrong to approve the release of the Nunes memo?

President Trump authorized the release and declassification of a memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that paints the FBI and Justice Department as being politically biased against him. FBI Director Chris Wray said he had "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned the accuracy of the memo. But conservatives argue the American people have the right to know if the FBI is working against the president. What do you think?

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The White House has declassified the Nunes memo, allowing for it to be released in full. 

The White House says it has declassified a GOP-authored memo on the Russia probe. That clears the way for the House Intelligence Committee to release the document, which is based on classified information and alleges the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.

Earlier this week, House Republicans voted to release the memo, written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), that allegedly paints the FBI and Justice Department as being politically biased against President Trump.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a memo that paints the FBI and Justice Department as being biased against President Donald Trump... The memo was written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and it reportedly frames special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as an FBI effort to hurt Trump. 
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 FBI Director Christopher Wray urged against the release of the memo, stating he had "grave concerns" about its accuracy.

“The F.B.I. was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the bureau said in a statement, referring to the House Intelligence Committee. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan that the memo was likely inaccurate due to reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has altered the memo.

It was revealed that [Rep. Devin Nunes] altered the contents of a reckless, partisan memo released to the White House after it had already been voted on by the Committee and presented to House Members. Chairman Nunes’ action is a violation of House rules and is part of a partisan pattern to discredit the investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal. Both the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned against the release of Nunes’ memo, stating grave concerns about the accuracy of the memo and its misrepresentation of classified information.
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But conservatives argue Democrats and FBI didn't have a good reason for the memo not to be release other than the fact that its contents would make the FBI look bad. As Andrew McCarthy argues in the National Review, if the FBI has nothing bad to hide, why should they care if the memo is released? Shouldn't we want assurance that the FBI is not politically biased?

The point here is to preserve and protect the FBI as an institution, which requires getting to the bottom of any potential effort to exploit the FBI for purposes of electoral politics. Democrats used to think diligent oversight of the FBI’s exercise of national-security powers was pretty important.

Democrats have traditionally been in favor of more transparency, especially when it comes to the Justice Department, yet suddenly they are arguing against public accountability of officials if it doesn't fit their interests.

It’s almost as if the press cannot get behind public accountability unless it is the New York Times, rather than a congressional committee, deciding what gets published and which government operations warrant careful examination.
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President Trump and his supporters have argued the FBI and Justice Department are politicized, and now they feel vindicated. 

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But others argue the attack on the FBI and DOJ by the president and congressional Republicans is extremely dangerous to our democratic institutions. 

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Plus, the memo is deliberately misleading and hardly reliable. It's release proves nothing but threatens our national security. 

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