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GOP Sen. John Thune Urges Caution on Releasing FBI Memo

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By    |   Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:05 PM

Sen. John Thune on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to proceed cautiously on releasing the memo alleging FBI abuses in the Russia probe, while another Republican said the document should be kept private — and another still called for it to be made public.

"There are important national security considerations they need to weigh, and hopefully they're doing that," Thune, the South Dakota chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told Politico at the GOP retreat in West Virginia.

"If there are things that need to be redacted, I think they need to pay careful attention to what our folks who protect us have to say about how this bears on our national security."

White House officials told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that the administration will likely tell Congress on Friday that President Trump has approved the release of the memo without redactions.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has publicly opposed the document's release, warning Thursday that it contained "material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."

White House officials also warned Wray might quit if the memo, overseen by Republican House Chairman Devin Nunes of California, was made public.

Trump nominated Wray to the top FBI post after he fired James Comey last May.

Wray's concerns led another Republican, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, to tweet against the memo's release:

But the FBI's opposition did not sway another House Republican, Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who reiterated his call Thursday a full public viewing of the document.

"It's important the American people have access to the information contained in this memo," Goodlatte told Anderson Cooper on CNN from the retreat.

"I do believe that the president … should let the memo speak for itself," he added. "He should release it.

"But I don't think he or anybody else in the White House needs to comment on it."

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