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So Much for Speech: Trump on Hot Mic Says He'll Release Memo

(CSPAN via Twitter)

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:54 AM

Talk about stepping on one's message.

Schmoozing in the House chamber after delivering his maiden State of the Union speech, a hot mic caught President Donald Trump telling a Republican lawmaker that he was "100 percent" in favor of making public a classified Republican intelligence memo. That was further than the White House had gone on the matter and not something Trump had said during the hour-plus speech he had finished moments earlier.

In the C-SPAN video, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., urged Trump to release the memo. Trump, with a microphone nearby, can be heard saying, "Don't worry, 100 percent."

The White House had said earlier Tuesday that it would conduct a legal and national security review before Trump decides whether to release the memo. It has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Department of Justice.

The memo reportedly accuses Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of overreach in authorizing an extension of a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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