Trump blocks release of Democratic memo that rebuts Republican claims

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is recommending to the White House how much of a secret countermemo by intelligence committee Democrats should become public this week

But the Democrats saved their main fire for Nunes' almost four-page memo with their 10-page rebuttal memo.

He said Trump was still "inclined" to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made. He said it would "have to be heavily redacted" to protect "sources and methods (and more)" and that he had instructed the Democrats to "re-do and send back in proper form!"

Meanwhile, ABC News reports calls for Nunes to step down are increasing, with Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell saying the harm he's doing to the House Intelligence Committee-particularly by releasing the FBI/Carter Page memo-is "irreparable".

President Donald Trump delayed on Friday the release of a Democratic memo that's meant as a rebuttal to the controversial FISA memo that was released by Republicans last week.

The Democratic memo also says that the FBI had other legitimate evidence that prompted the investigation into possible links between Trump associates and Russian Federation. The warrant was obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.

A separate letter, from Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, also said releasing the memo would create national security concerns.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contrasting Trump's blocking of their memo to the go-ahead given to the Republican memo last week and commenting, "The President's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling".

The committee voted unanimously to release the memo on Monday, giving the president five days to determine whether to withhold the document on national security grounds.

But the deeper question - one that has huge implications for the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - is whether Trump is using his power to thwart any attempt by Congress to hold him accountable. Schiff and other Democrats say the Republicans are trying to undermine the Mueller inquiry.

The Republican memo, written by Rep.

Or is your argument that even though the Republican memo hurt national security, the Democrats' response would not?

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe". Their [sic] was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). Kelly has set a deadline of tonight to get their final assessment so that the president can then be briefed on it and make a final decision as to whether it should be released or not.

The document also said opposition research, conducted by a British spy and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign, formed a critical basis for the warrant. Rosenstein is now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any connection between Russians and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

The dramatic fight over the release of these memos is the latest evidence of climbing tension within the House intel committee. It was published in full a week ago over the objections of the Justice Department.

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".

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