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Interview: Wyden says GOP secret memo is 'political spin'

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, (right) discusses the classified memo written by Republicans accusing the FBI and the Justice Department of abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with KATU's Lincoln Graves in the KATU studios Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (KATU Photo)

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said Thursday that he doesn’t know what’s in the classified memo written by Republicans accusing the FBI and the Justice Department of abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Furthermore, he said the House Committee on Intelligence has refused to give it to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on which he serves.

The House committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, voted to release the memo, which is said to accuse the FBI and the Justice Department of misleading a FISA court when it sought to obtain a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign member Carter page.

President Donald Trump has five days to object to its disclosure, but on Thursday he indicated he had no intention of blocking its release. It could be released Friday.

Wyden told KATU during an in-studio interview that the move to release the memo was driven by politics.

“What we’re talking about is selective disclosure and basically political spin on the facts,” he said.

He added that he couldn’t remember a time when the minority party wasn’t allowed to release its own version of a report.

Wyden said if there are problems at the FBI, they should be investigated, but there is a process to follow.

Wyden also spoke about the infrastructure needs of the United States and the possibility of another government shutdown.

Watch the entire interview below.


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