Washington: Top White House aides are concerned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray might quit if the Republican- crafted memo, alleging country’s top law-enforcement agency abused its surveillance tools, is released.
However, Wray has not directly threatened to resign after being at odds over the memo, CNN reported, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, as saying.
The four-page memo was crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, and commissioned by Devin Nunes, the panel’s Republican chairman.
The document has set up a standoff with Trump against both the FBI and Department of Justice.
Senior White House officials are trying to come up with a solution that satisfies both the President and law enforcement officials, like Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The White House on Friday is likely to give Congress approval to release a Republican-drafted memo, despite of a warning from the top US law enforcement agency.
“We have had over the last couple days to look at it to make sure it doesn’t give away too much in terms of classification. Right now, I think it will be that we tell the Congress, probably tomorrow [Friday], that the President is OK with it,” an official told reporters aboard Air Force One.
“I doubt there will be any redactions,” the official added, “Then it is in Congress’ hands after that.”
The FBI has voiced “grave concerns” about the release of the memo.
“The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” reported the Huffington Post, citing the FBI as saying, in a statement. (ANI)