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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks to FBI employees during his installation ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

FBI has ‘grave concerns’ about releasing Russia memo

WASHINGTON — The FBI says it has “grave concerns” about omissions in a classified memo on the Russia investigation that President Donald Trump wants to release to the public.

The statement Wednesday was the FBI’s first public comment about a four-page memo that was drafted by Republicans on the House intelligence committee and that has divided the Trump Justice Department and White House.

In its statement, the FBI says, “We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

The statements came hours after Trump was overheard telling a Republican lawmaker that he was “100 percent” in favor of releasing the document.

Read the FBI’s full statement below:

The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process.

With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, 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.

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