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AP: President Trump to approve release of GOP memo

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WASHINGTON (AP) -

The White House is in the final stages of reviewing a classified congressional memo on the Russia investigation that President Donald Trump has said he wants released.
  
Officials say Trump has read the four-page document and been briefed on it.
  
White House officials say they're taking input from lawyers and the intelligence community on any redactions that should be made. But spokesman Raj Shah says White House involvement is limited to whether the memo should be blocked from release, as opposed to whether to release it.
  
The memo was prepared by Republican staff on the House Intelligence Committee. It purports to allege surveillance abuses during the FBI's investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
  
Democrats call the memo a "cherry-picked" list of Republican talking points.
  
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11:19 a.m.
  
The House's top Democrat wants the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to be removed from his post.
  
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Rep. Devin Nunes of California took "deliberately dishonest actions" by altering a classified GOP-written memo on the investigation into Russia's election influence.
  
Pelosi made the demand Thursday in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
  
She says Nunes' actions "make him unfit to serve as chairman." Democrats have accused Nunes of altering the memo after the intelligence panel voted to send it to President Donald Trump for potential public release. The FBI has said it has "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy.
  
Pelosi says Nunes' actions violate House rules and are aimed at discrediting the probe into Russia's role in helping to elect Trump.
  
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12:28 a.m.
  
The potential release of a House committee's classified memo has the FBI in a remarkably public clash of will with the White House.
  
The FBI says it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of the memo, which involves the committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
  
Further complicating the memo's release, the top Democrat on the committee says its vote to release the memo is invalid because Republicans "secretly altered" the memo.
  
The agency's stance escalates the dispute and means President Donald Trump will be openly defying his hand-picked FBI director by continuing to push for the memo's disclosure.
  
It also suggests a clear willingness by FBI Director Christopher Wray to challenge a president who just months ago fired his predecessor, James Comey.

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