Trump Blocks Release of Democrats' Intelligence Memo

Trump meets with FBI, Justice officials on Democratic intelligence memo

Trump Says No To Declassifying Democrat Memo On Russia Probe

But even the Republicans behind the memo rebutted Trump's claim the memo vindicated him.

But in a letter to the committee's chairman, White House Counsel Don McGahn said Mr Trump had decided against approving public release of the Democratic memo "because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified passages". What if the manufactured brouhaha over the Democratic memo's release is really just for optics, to make Trump and the GOP look like they're hiding something?

He went on to say that the Justice Department had identified portions of the Democrats' memo that it believed "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests" if disclosed.

The president's rejection of the Democratic memo was in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee's ranking member, railed against his Republican colleagues, arguing that their memo "misrepresents highly classified information" from secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts, which will ultimately have a chilling effect on US agencies' willingness to share classified information with Congress.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to explain why he chose not to declassify the Democrats' response to the controversial Nunes memo.

"This is hypocrisy at its worst", said Democratic Sen.

He also said the memo was a "shameful effort to discredit" the FBI and DOJ, during the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian officials.

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The FBI had previously issued a highly unusual warning against releasing the memo from Republican Nunes, saying it could jeopardize USA intelligence collection methods. The FBI expressed "grave concerns about material omissions of fact" in the Republic memo.

Democrats slammed the block as double standards, and politically motivated.

Kelly said he had given FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials until Thursday to review the document. Dianne Feinstein, calling the GOP memo, coordinated by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes "misleading".

The White House has said the president is inclined to release the memo.

Trump's rejection of the Democratic memo is in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which he pledged before reading to make public. If he objects to its release, the full House can vote to overrule him, but of course that would require Republican support.

The rebuttal was the latest Democratic volley against a Republican assault on the legitimacy of the government's Russian Federation investigation.

"Adam Schiff said later that his party would review redactions to the memo that the president refused to declassify". They could accept Trump's offer for help from the Justice Department to scrub the memo of sensitive information.

"I'm really not", he said. So we'll have to see if they work things out. The Justice Department called releasing the memo "extraordinarily reckless".

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