Trump blocks Democratic memo from Intelligence Committee

Trump blocks Democratic memo from Intelligence Committee

President Donald Trump has for now stopped the release of the Democrats' counter-memo, rebutting Republican assertions over the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "bias" and "surveillance abuses" targeting a former Trump campaign aide as part of its probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, California Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Trump for treating the two documents differently, saying the president is now seeking revisions by the same committee that produced the original Republican memo.

Trump urged the Democrats to "re-do and send back in proper form!"

ReutersUS president Donald Trump has refused to release a classified memo by congressional Democrats.

After the Nunes memo was released, Trump saw the document as evidence that the investigation by DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller was politically motivated.

Critics of Mueller's probe have used the GOP memo, and other sources, to argue that the inquiry is baseless and spurred by political animus to Trump.

Trump said the Democrats wrote their memo that way so they could "blame the White House for lack of transparency". "This is an American disgrace!" the president tweeted February 3, one day after the Nunes memo was released.

The Intelligence Committee had voted unanimously on Monday to release the document drafted by the panel's Democrats, contingent on the Republican president agreeing. The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him. Democrats hope Trump's low popularity in public opinion polls will help them win majorities, and some analysts give them a good chance.

"Clearly, the President has something to hide", she added. 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.

Short said the President believes Schiff "intentionally put in there methods and sources he knew would need to be redacted" so there would be "an outcry that the White House is trying to edit it".

"The Democratic response sets out the material facts that were necessary for the public to see that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted properly in seeking a FISA warrant on Carter Page", Schiff said. People who have read the Schiff memo told NPR's Philip Ewing that it is 10 pages and contains many footnotes meant to rebut arguments made in the GOP document.

Democrats have countered that the GOP memo was inaccurate and a misleading collection of "cherry-picked" details. It was published in full a week ago over the objections of the Justice Department.

"I also want to read the Democratic memo on the Democratic dossier paid for with Democratic party/campaign money for use by Democratic administration to spy on opposition of Democratic presidential candidate", Fitton tweeted.

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