White House: Memo "raises serious concerns" about integrity of FBI, DOJ
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Photo: Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement from the White House Friday following President Trump's declassification of the Devin Nunes memo. Trump's approval paved the way for Congress to release the document to the public, despite the FBI expressing it had "grave concerns" with such a decision.
"The memorandum raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the Government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens."— Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
"Earlier today, President Donald J. Trump declassified a memorandum from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The memorandum raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the Government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens.
This decision was made with input from the President’s national security team—including law enforcement officials and members of the intelligence community, for whom the President has great respect. He is especially grateful to the hardworking rank-and-file public servants who work every day to keep America safe and uphold our laws while protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans.
Minority members of the Committee have reportedly drafted a separate memorandum. The Administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods."