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White House Will Release Nunes Memo ‘Quick,’ Kelly Says

Without reviewing it, Trump said he would ‘100 percent’ make it public

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says President Donald Trump “wants everything out so the American people can make up their own minds.” (Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

The White House plans to release soon a classified memo crafted by House Republicans that casts doubt on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia and that country’s meddling in the 2016 election, Chief of Staff John Kelly said Wednesday.

“It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it,” Kelly told Fox News Radio.

“This president, again, it’s so unique … that he wants everything out so the American people can make up their own minds,” Kelly said. “And if there’s people to be held accountable, then so be it.”

The GOP-crafted document reportedly accuses the FBI of overstepping its authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act when it sought and obtained a surveillance warrant on a former campaign aide by using a controversial dossier on Trump and Russia compiled by the firm Fusion GPS.

Kelly said White House lawyers are studying the memo, crafted by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to understand its contents. Democrats on the panel have warned that releasing it would hinder national security.

Earlier Wednesday, White House aides confirmed that President Donald Trump had not yet seen the memo before committing to making it public when urged to do so by South Carolina GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan as he left the House chamber Tuesday night following his State of the Union address.

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The president responded that he would “100 percent” make it public.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment around noon Wednesday when asked whether Trump has reviewed the document.

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