House Intelligence Ranking Member Accuses Chairman of “Secretly Altering” Memo, Calls on Him to Withdraw It from the White House


The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee has accused the committee’s chairman of sending a memo to the White House that is significantly different than the one members have been viewing for several weeks it was learned last night.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) asking that the letter, which was sent to White House earlier this week, be withdrawn.

Schiff wrote:

“Upon our discovery that the document sent for public review had been secretly altered, the Majority belatedly afforded the Minority an opportunity this evening to compare the document transmitted on Monday night by the Majority to the White House with the document made available to all House members since January 18.  After reviewing both versions, it is clear that the Majority made material changes to the version it sent to the White House, which Committee Members were never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review, and never approved.”

“It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House,” Schiff continued.  Schiff called for a new vote on the altered document for Monday, February 5, the date of the committee’s next business meeting.

The committee held a vote on making the memo public during their last meeting on Monday.  During that meeting, the committee voted against making a rebuttal memo written by Democrats on the committee public.  Republican members said they needed more time to review.  The committee agreed to hold a second vote on the Democratic memo on February 5.


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