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Trump says White House to issue letter on Democratic Russia memo

Trump says White House to issue letter on Democratic Russia memo

We have some breaking news tonight about those competing Democratic and Republican memos from the House Intelligence Committee.

The memo was reviewed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (DOJ), after which the agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which falls under the DOJ, provided their recommendations to the President.

The message was sent to the committee Friday in a letter from White House Counsel Don McGahn.

On Monday, January 29, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to release a controversial GOP-written memo which alleged politically motivated abuses by the FBI and Justice Department at the outset of the Russian Federation investigation.

In a statement on Saturday, Schiff noted the incongruity.

He says Trump is still "inclined" to release the memo if revisions are made. The FBI expressed "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy and the Justice Department said in advance that its release, without proper review, would be "extraordinarily reckless". The Democrats' memo is a rebuttal to the GOP memo about surveillance of a former Trump campaign official is expected to be released soon.

The release last week of the "Nunes memo" increased speculation that Trump would try to oust Rosenstein. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him". The Democrats, led by Schiff, would need the support of Republicans, who control the committee, to force a House vote on the matter.

President Trump was eager to release the Devin Nunes authored memo last week in the name of "transparency" and the public interest, but when the shoe is on the other foot and Democrats want to release a memo of their own, it's a whole different deal. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, tweeted Friday night that he has seen both memos, neither jeopardize national security, and the Democratic memo should be released just like the Republican one was.

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It's not yet clear whether enough Republicans would vote in favor of the memo's release.

In response, a memo was prepared by Democrats that reportedly contests and further details the claims made by Republicans.

President Trump approved the release of that secret four-page memo to the anger of the intelligence community, which it claimed was opposed to his election.

Trump reportedly believed the report would help him undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: "what is he hiding?" She added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide".

"The President encourages the Committee to undertake these efforts", McGahn writes.

Trump, after overriding the FBI's rare public remonstration that the GOP memo contained "material omissions of fact", is now posing as a sober guardian of classified information.

Democrats "look forward to conferring with the agencies to determine how we can properly inform the American people about the misleading attack on law enforcement by the GOP", he said.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, tweeted back.


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