Palm Beach-bound Trump OKs memo release; Bill Nelson calls it ‘huge victory’ for Vladimir Putin

Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump, expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport this evening for a Mar-a-Lago weekend, has approved release of a controversial Republican memo that alleges abuses by the FBI in its 2016 decision to launch an investigation of potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The House of Representatives is expected to formally release the memo later today.

Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson blasted the president’s decision in a statement today.

“By releasing this memo, the President of the United States is undermining the credibility of our intelligence community and serving a huge victory to Vladimir Putin, the Russian government, and many other intelligence services.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, defended the memo’s release earlier this week.

“This memo reflects the result of months of diligent investigation by the Committee,” Rooney said. “This is why we voted to ensure that every Member of the House could read and learn for themselves our findings. As the Committee determines the most appropriate process in which to do so, I support making this memo available to the American people. Any delay in the release of the memo should only be to protect sensitive sources and methods of the Intelligence Community.”

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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