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White House: FISA Memo Will Be Released at 'Appropriate Time'

White House: FISA Memo Will Be Released at 'Appropriate Time'
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 February 2018 01:53 PM

A House GOP document alleging FBI surveillance abuses is still being reviewed through a process led by the White House counsel's office, and no decision has been made yet when the memo could be released, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Thursday.

However, Shah told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer, Trump wants transparency and the memo "will be reviewed and released at the appropriate time."

"It will get review from all relevant stakeholders, including intelligence folks and folks in the law enforcement community," Shah said. "They will be advising the president, and he will make a decision at the appropriate time."

There has been speculation that Trump, who traveled to West Virginia Thursday to speak with Republicans gathered for their annual retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, would be releasing the memo at some point during the day, but Shah said a decision had not yet been made.

"The meeting today is very important not just for the party, but for the country," Shah said of Trump's speech. "The president will talk about what we've done as a party and government to help this country over the last year and what we'll be doing in the year going forward."

The president had been given five days to decide on the memo after its release on Monday. Shah said the White House is engaged in a national security and legal review, and the document "will be reviewed and released at the appropriate time."

"I don't have a deadline or stop date for you," Shah said. "The president wants transparency and wants the public to see things. But we just want to make sure that all national security and legal equities are protected in the process."

Trump, he added, has made his inclinations on the memo clear.

"We want transparency," Shah said. "We've seen, frankly, a world in which leaks from folks in the intelligence or other communities are selective. They don't provide context, and they frankly don't tell the full picture. We want more information out there. We do want transparency and want the public to have the right to see things."

He also said he does not believe politics is involved in the process.

"We're concerned about national security and transparency," Shah said. "We want the public to understand and know what's going on and make sure it doesn't trip wire on anything that were to reveal sources, methods or other national security issues."

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A House GOP document alleging FBI surveillance abuses is still being reviewed through a process led by the White House counsel's office, and no decision has been made yet when the memo could be released, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said...
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