Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Memo On Russia Probe


Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Memo On Russia Probe

What changed was that one memo affirmed what Trump already believed.

The president'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. The memo also reads that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on Trump campaign aide Carter Page basing on the findings of the controversial "Trump dossier" that alleged the Republican presidential candidate colluded with the Russian government before and during the 2016 election campaign.

That led the Democrats to write a memo of their own in an attempt to refute the allegations in the Republican memo.

Democrats on Friday slammed Trump for declining to declassify the document, which responds to the controversial Nunes memo made public last week.

The Republican memo portrays the Russian Federation investigation as a product of political bias at the FBI and Justice Department against Mr Trump.

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the biggest champion of the Republican memo, said in a statement that he "had warned that the Democratic memo" revealed intelligence sources and methods, and that "it's no surprise that these agencies recommended against publishing the memo without redactions".

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 letter also said the "Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the February 5th Memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity".

"If he redacts it or doesn't release it, 'Oh, he's not for transparency, '" Mr. Jordan said. "What does the President have to hide?"

Under an obscure rule, the House Intelligence Committee, which unanimously voted in favor of publicly disclosing the rebuttal on Monday, has the option of calling for a full House vote to override the decision.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, said bluntly, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?"

On Friday, Trump announced that he would not allow the memo to be released citing security concerns.

Trump claimed that memo "totally vindicates 'Trump, '" even though some Republicans like Rep. Trey Gowdy, the only Republican on the House Intelligence Committee to have actually seen the FISA applications, said the memo has nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe.

Democrats immediately cried foul at the decision to send the Democratic memo back to the committee.

But the Democrats saved their main fire for Nunes' almost four-page memo with their 10-page rebuttal memo.

Trump used a Twitter post to explain his Friday night decision to block the release of the Democratic document, which counters one released February 2 by the panel's Republicans.

The court approved the warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2016 to track Page and renewed it three more times, indicating that the investigation may have found productive information.

"The FBI used government resources to spy on a political enemy", Bartiromo said.

Trump okayed the release of the Nunes memo last week.

If Democrats take back the House in November, Adam Schiff is going to be man who will be running the House investigation into Donald Trump.



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