Trump blocks release of Democratic memo that rebuts Republican claims

Former Hussein Obama State Department Official Got Intel Report on Trump Campaign

Former Hussein Obama State Department Official Got Intel Report on Trump Campaign

Rob told you a few days ago of talk that the memo was basically a trap, loaded up with classified information that would make it impossible for Trump to approve its release, thus setting up a scenario in which they could run around screaming, "What is he hiding?"

President Trump declassified the Republican memo after it was revised to meet security objections, as well as objections by the Democrats.

However, the White House decision was criticised by Democrats - with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claiming it proves that the release of the initial memo was a "blatantly political move". "Clearly the president has something to hide", she said.

The decision stands in contrast to one Trump made last week on a Republican memo alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

In a letter to the committee released Friday night, White House Counsel Donald McGahn offered the assistance of Justice Department experts to revise the document so it can be made public. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion. After being named to head the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, Special Counsel Robert Mueller appointed a team of politically connected prosecutors to assist in the probe.

Nunes said during the interview that it's not a "surprise" Trump blocked the release of the Democratic memo.

Among those questioning Trump's intentions is Ted Lieu (D-CA), a former Air Force JAG officer and current member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The top Democrat on a House panel said on Sunday that President Trump doesn't want to release his party's memo rebutting GOP claims about surveillance abuses by the FBI because it undercuts his "claim of vindication" in the Russian investigation. The Department of Justice says it would be extraordinarily reckless to release this.

Feinstein's statement Friday also said any changes that need to be made for the Schiff memo to be declassified should be made swiftly and the memo "should be released".

They argued that the reliance on Steele's material amounted to an improper politicization of the government's surveillance powers.

Democrats released their own memo after the Republican memo was written, but because classified information was included, public release is not possible at this time. They say the GOP memo is designed as a distraction from the probe, which is looking into whether Trump's campaign was in any way connected to the Russian interference.

Having said all of this, could it simply be that the Democratic memo contains more sensitive classified information than the Nunes memo did?

SCHIFF: No. Precisely my point is we should have never put out the flawed memo to begin with.

Trump was "inclined to declassify" the memo, McGahn suggested, but not until sensitive passages were omitted.

Ruth Marcus with The Washington Post claimed during an MSNBC appearance on February 3 that it is "really important for people to know" that FISA applications "are thick documents" and that the Republicans "cherry-pick [ed]" in the Nunes memo.

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