WH: Dem Memo Will Not Be Released Unless Certain Changes Are Made

FBI May Have Picked Up Page-Bannon Call With FISA Warrant

Democrats knew the White House would have to edit or block the document, the Republicans said, thus exposing President Trump to charges of hypocrisy.

A memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee poses serious concerns for national security and law enforcement, President Donald Trump's counsel said in a letter, citing concerns by the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The President is inclined to declassify the memo", she said on ABC's "This Week", claiming that as written, it reveals intelligence sources and methods while the Republican document did not.

A week after authorizing the release of the notorious "Nunes memo", the White House announced on Friday night that it was blocking the public release of a Democratic memo based on the same underlying intelligence as the GOP document.

The Democrats have demanded that Trump release their memo regarding the Russian investigation in a response to the release of the Republican memo enraged the Justice Department and the FBI.

The White House has told the House Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump is "unable" to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

And those same agencies had no choice but to ask the House Intelligence Committee to redact sensitive and classified passages.

The dueling memos from different members of the House Intelligence Committee relate to an ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Democrats have countered that the GOP memo was inaccurate and a misleading collection of "cherry-picked" details.

SHAPIRO: Congressman Adam Schiff of California is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

The Democratic memo reportedly rebuts claims in the GOP document that investigators misled a judge when seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. McGahn said Trump would reconsider the decision if certain changes were made to "mitigate the risks identified" by the Department of Justice.

However, the White House yesterday confirmed that President Trump will not declassify the document in its current form. In retrospect, it looks as though the White House prepared the ground for his decision by saying all week that he was of a mind to release the memo - dampening expectations that his motivations were political.

Without access to all of the information that House Intel has access to, the media relied on a simple talking point from a Democrat to drive the narrative surrounding the memo. Last week we saw the declassified Republican memo.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Mr. Nunes said the White House should get it over with and allow the release of the "ridiculous" memo.

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.

Democrats had sought to release their memo at the same time the Republican one was made public, but lawmakers in the committee's majority objected.

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