President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russian Federation probe

Here's What You Need to Know about the FBI Memo Controversy

President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russian Federation probe was a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency".

Democrats have suggested the GOP memo is an attempt to protect Trump from scrutiny in the ongoing investigations into allegations that his associates coordinated with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Nunes memo alleges that Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials relied on an unsubstantiated dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of Page, who served on the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisory team.

Trump on February 2 allowed the release of the earlier memo written by the committee's Republicans, escalating a campaign criticizing current and former senior law enforcement officials.

Democrats say it is unlikely that the White House will try to impede the release of the Democratic memo after it advocated so strongly for the release of the GOP document. They're going to say that Donald Trump didn't read it himself so he wasn't aware.

Not long ago, a memorandum written by Republicans on the House of Representatives intelligence committee created waves in Washington.

"From this point forward, the House Intelligence Committee's assessment of the intelligence community should be met with skepticism by the public and Congress alike".

The Trump dossier is of critical importance because it alleged to have been paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic national Committee.

The most obvious one is that the committee members frequently attack each other over the investigation.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said the move is "part of a unsafe and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".

Amid the rancor, Mr. Nunes' sites are dialed in on what he calls the "second phase" of his inquiry, he recently told Fox News. The New York Times also filed a motion this week before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court asking that the Page FISA materials be unsealed in light of Trump's declassification decision.

He thinks once Americans can see the Democratic memo, he believes that they'll see how important the Republican memo was and why it may need to be released.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski informed the committee this week that he would not return to complete an interview that was disbanded after Lewandowski said he was not prepared to answer lawmakers' questions. "After promising to treat the Democratic response in precisely the same way, the White House now seeks to have the Democratic memo sent back to committee and revised by the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes document to begin with".

President Trump reviewed the Democratic memo with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters on Tuesday.

In October 2016, the FBI was granted a FISA warrant to launch a surveillance investigation on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

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