( CNN) Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are considering utilizing an obscure committee regulation to bypass the executive branch's declassification process to release the classified memoranda on alleged surveillance abuses spearheaded by Chairman Devin Nunes.
Republicans allege in the memo details FBI abuses related to FISA and the use of the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia that was compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, whose work with Fusion GPS was paid through Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Nunes' memo concludes that the FISA judge who signed off on surveillance warrants for each member of Trump's team during the campaign was not dedicated full information about the dossier that was used in at the least one application, according to sources familiar with the document. One source said the magistrate was not told that the document was paid for by the Democratic sources. CNN first reported
last April that the dossier was used as part of the justification with the secret FISA court to monitor the communications of former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page. The New York Times first reported on the charges outlined in Nunes' memo.