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Schiff says he'll meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation about Dem memo

12 February 2018

In a tweet Saturday, Trump said the Democrats' memo was "very political and long" and would have to be rewritten before it could become public because it reveals too much sensitive information.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted about the back-and-forth, implying Democrats purposefully filled their memo with details that would need redaction so they could then turn around and blame him when he declined to declassify and release it as originally drafted.

After the House Intelligence Committee voted last week to release a Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured us that the White House would be evenhanded.

The White House legislative director, Marc Short, countered that Democrats padded their memo with sensitive information, knowing Trump would stop its release, in an effort to make him look obstructionist.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) on February 5 said the House Intelligence Committee voted to release Democrats' response to a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses.

In a statement Friday, Feinstein, a Democrat from California, called the Republicans' memo "misleading" and said she had read the underlying intelligence documents on which both memos were based.

The seller also repeatedly pressed USA agents with offers of kompromat - compromising materials - on Trump, the Times said, citing US and European intelligence officials. The president said the document "totally vindicates" him in the Russian Federation investigation, a claim disputed by Democrats and some Republicans.

The House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley said that if Trump has nothing to hide, he should release the Democratic memo.

The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release the Democratic memo.

Last week, Mr Trump defied warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release a Republican document that alleged the agency had abused its power by investigating a Trump adviser as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Among those passages are some that the Justice Departments says could compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and national security if disclosed.

Trump declassified the GOP memo over the objections of Rosenstein and Wray. But this time, the president waited until the evening, informing Capitol Hill of his decision via his White House counsel around 7:30 p.m. They say the GOP memo is designed as a distraction from the probe, which is looking into whether Trump's campaign was in any way connected to the Russian interference. The Nunes memo refers to the GOP memo, which was produced by the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

"There shouldn't be a memo that is cherry-picked just from the Republicans", he added. What we do know is that the White House didn't treat these memos the same, as it promised it would.

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.

The letter, written by Donald McGahn and sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., cites national security concerns.

Schiff says he'll meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation about Dem memo