[Letter from Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Regarding Memorandum on 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,' February 2, 2018] [open pdf - 2MB]
Alternate Title: [Nunes Memo]
"On January 29, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (hereinafter ''the Committee') voted to disclose publicly a memorandum containing classified information provided to the Committee in connection with its oversight activities (the 'Memorandum,' which is attached to this letter). As provided by clause 1 l(g) of Rule X of the House of Representatives, the Committee has forwarded this Memorandum to the President based on its determination that the release of the Memorandum would serve the public interest. The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President's responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. 'See, e.g., Dep't o/Navy v. Egan', 484 U.S. 518, 527 (1988). In order to facilitate appropriate congressional oversight, the Executive Branch may entrust classified information to the appropriate committees of Congress, as it has done in connection with the Committee's oversight activities here. The Executive Branch does so on the assumption that the Committee will responsibly protect such classified information, consistent with the laws of the United States."