US House committee votes to release memo

US House committee votes to release memo

Chief of staff John Kelly said the White House is reviewing a Democratic memo on the investigation into a Trump campaign associate and he has ordered authorities to give their recommendations on how to handle it by Thursday, after which the President will make his final decision on whether to release the memo and whether to redact it.

President Donald Trump traded insults with the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Monday, a day after Democrats and Republicans said Trump was wrong to assert that a GOP-produced classified memo on FBI surveillance powers cleared him in the Russian Federation investigation.

The memo says all this represents "a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses".

The Democratic memo says the GOP memo is inaccurate.

The memo's conclusions have raised questions about the legitimacy and legality of certain interactions between the US Department of Justice and the FBI, revealing the violation of surveillance laws in the investigation into the Trump presidential campaign.

A White House official said the memo would be reviewed just as the GOP memo was evaluated. "It is quite possible that there's been coordination between the Republican majority, perhaps the chairman [Nunes], the president, and the White House on releasing the Nunes memo", he said.

Following Monday's vote, a White House official said the Schiff memo will be "read and reviewed" in a five-day period. The unconfirmed accusation that Schiff leaks information during meetings was repeated by Donald Trump Jr.in an interview with Fox News' Jesse Watters on Saturday night.

The so-called Steele dossier was compiled in an attempt to dig up dirt on Trump, partly funded by the campaign of his rival, Hillary Clinton.

For example, the memo focuses on evidence presented to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to win approval for electronic surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or.really anything else".

"The assumption among confused and dismayed FBI employees is that the attacks are meant to soften the blow should the investigation by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, lead to additional charges".

Trump singled out the California Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for praise Monday on Twitter, calling him "a man of tremendous courage and grit" after Nunes' committee released a partisan memo alleging abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, said, "I think this is a separate issue".

Monday's meeting also renewed the committee's fight over the role that the White House played with the Nunes memo, which Trump said "vindicates" him on Sunday.

Overall, most of the public still believes that Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 USA presidential election, allegations that Moscow and Trump have repeatedly denied. But she stopped short of saying the White House would declassify the new memo.

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