As the rhetoric over the controversial intelligence memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has intensified, the Justice Department has spoken out, warning Nunes about releasing the document.
Democrats have said that the memo is filled with "factual inaccuracies" and is meant to distract from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, including any potential links between the Trump team and the Kremlin.
The Nunes document focuses on the FBI's use of a dossier on Trump and Russian Federation by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, alleging that the FISA judge who signed off on the dossier was not given full information about it, including that Democratic sources later paid for it.
The Nunes memo reportedly contains a summary of Justice Department and FBI FISA abuses, but its release is considered "extraordinarily reckless" by assistant attorney general for legislative affairs Stephen Boyd, according to the Examiner.
In other words, the memo is garbage.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has called for the memo's release, didn't buy Boyd's defense.
Since writing the memo, Nunes has kept it under lock and key but allowed members of the House to view it.
It's naturally become a partisan flashpoint, with Republicans siding with Nunes and Democrats coming out against the memo, accusing it of being willfully misleading.
U.S. Republican Congressman Peter King of NY stated that Nunes absolutely intends to release the document and that the Department of Justice's complaints show that the department's aims were to propel a pre-emptive assault and to leak the FISA memo to its friends in the mainstream media.
Republican attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ, which have ramped up in recent weeks, sap morale and potentially harm the agencies' ability to operate effectively, said Jamil Jaffer, who served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security under the Bush administration.
CNN reported Wednesday that a Senate intelligence committee request to access the memo has been denied.