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Mike Rogers: Trump's Decision on FISA Memo 'Done Deal'

(CNN's "OutFront")

By    |   Thursday, 01 February 2018 08:09 PM

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to release the Republican memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses was "a done deal," and fired Director James Comey should "stay out" of the debate.

"It's a done deal," the former Michigan Republican and FBI agent who chaired the committee from 2011 to 2015, told Erin Burnett on CNN. "Coming out [Friday], probably in the morning."

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

Rogers said Republicans "ought to slow down" and find a better way for FBI oversight than releasing the memo, because current FBI Director Christopher Wray and the FBI Agents Association opposed its release.

However, the former House Intelligence chairman slammed Comey, who President Trump fired last May and replaced with Wray, for regularly tweeting about the issue.

Comey praised the FBI on Thursday for "speaking up," tweeting "American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up."

"I think the former director would stay out of it," Rogers told Burnett. "It's not helping the current crop of FBI folks trying to get through all of this political mess. It's probably not very encouraging to the political folks who hated Jim Comey that got him terminated in the first place.

"So, interjecting yourself continually in the political debate for the former director, given all the circumstances, I don't think is a good idea," Rogers said.

"I would hope he would reconsider that," he added, referencing Comey's teaching post in Virginia this fall. "I wish he would focus on that.

"This has to get through the system," Rogers said. "It has to pass.

"You cannot continue to politicize the FBI."

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Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said President Donald Trump's decision to release the Republican memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses was "a done deal," and fired Director James Comey should "stay out" of the debate.
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