February 2, 2018 / 2:17 PM / 4 months ago

House speaker backs release of House panel Democrats' memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan supports the release of a rebuttal memo by Democrats on the House Intelligence committee to go along with a controversial Republican one likely to be released soon, his office said on Friday.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan prepares for the start of U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

“If it is scrubbed to ensure it does not reveal sources and methods of our intelligence gathering, the speaker supports the release of the Democrats’ memo,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.

Reporting by Justin Mitchell; Editing by Susan Heavey and Chizu Nomiyama

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