Trump Blocks Release of Democratic Memo, Cites Security Concerns

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo will 'be released soon'

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo will 'be released soon'

Because he and the White House have said that "more transparency is better", Lewandowski argued that Trump is justified in asking Democrats "to go back and remove the information from the memorandum that would allow the White House to release all of the information".

Democrats rejected Mr. Trump's rationale, first laid out on Friday evening in a letter by the White House counsel, as hypocritical, given that he had declassified the Republican memo and that Democrats and Republicans on the committee had voted unanimously to release the rebuttal memo.

Trump weighed in with a tweet on Saturday. "The meaning of the "(and more)" was not immediately clear.

He finished the tweet by saying that he told them to rewrite it and send it back to him.

Over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department, Republicans on February 2 released a memo that criticized investigators' actions in obtaining a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant on Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign adviser with ties to Russian officials. "The White House ignored their concerns and approved the publication of the Republican memo with no redactions even though the action was described by the agencies as extraordinarily reckless and omitting material facts", he said. Moreover, critics say, he has repeatedly abused his powers to try to kill the probe, including by firing FBI Director James Comey and by heaping pressure on the FBI and Justice Department.

The Republican, who has been a supporter of Trump, also said during an appearance on Fox News' "America's News HQ" that he was in favor of the memo being released. "If the President really believes the Nunes memo vindicates him, as he has said, what is he hiding by blocking the Schiff memo?" Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has read the classified information both memos are based on.

Schiff and other Democrats charge that the Republican memo led by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California is misleading and omits key facts, including that the FISA application did state that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was paid by a political entity. But Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.

If agreement cannot be reached, the Intelligence Committee can submit the memo to the full House for approval but that would require approval by the controlling Republican majority voting to overrule a sitting Republican president. It is said to indicate that the court was made aware of the political motivations behind the information provided by Steele, but that specific Democratic organizations were not identified.

The disagreements have escalated over the previous year as Democrats have charged that Republicans aren't taking the panel's investigation into Russian election meddling seriously enough.

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