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Rep. Matt Gaetz called on President Donald Trump to authorize the release of a controversial surveillance memo at Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a classified memo purportedly revealing government surveillance abuses, with Democrats blasting the move and offering up their own memo. 

Trump now has five business days to decide on whether the memo should be made public. 

Gaetz (R-Fla.), a frequent critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, said Trump should enter the House of Representatives chamber of the United States Capitol and dramatically hand Speaker Paul Ryan a letter of consent to release the memo. 

"The president has that power and I think it would be classic Trump do it during the State of the Union tonight to kick things off," he said, adding he had not yet read the Democrats' memo. 

Gaetz said he has no problem with both memos being released, arguing that the American people should be allowed to decide what they think. He repeated that he believes Mueller's investigation is "built on a rotten premise," seemingly referring to the unverified Steele dossier on Trump and Russia. 

"If the foundation was false [or] improperly validated, it seriously raises questions about why we would have Mr. Mueller proceeding in an investigation that seems to have produced zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia," Gaetz said on "Outnumbered Overtime."

Watch the interview above.

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