House intelligence panel votes to release classified Nunes memo about FBI eavesdropping

The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to to make public a classified memo about some of the government’s most sensitive secrets, prompting Democrats to accuse the Republican majority of playing politics with national security to protect President Donald Trump.

Republicans have said the Republican-written memo examines how the FBI eavesdrops on suspects in national security investigations. They say it shows corruption in the FBI that is “worse than Watergate,” proving that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is based on a fraud.

Democrats say the memo is a grossly distorted attack on the Mueller probe, designed to “brainwash” people into erroneous conclusions, in the words of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters that Republicans voted to release the memo but voted against making the Democratic analysis of it public, at least for now.

“Today, you saw a vote to politicize the process,” Schiff said. “It’s a sad day in the history of the committee.”

In an interview later on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Schiff acknowledged that he didn’t know whether releasing the memo could harm national security.

“I would like to find out from the…

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