Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Schiff: Trump Blocking Dem Memo, Doesn't Need Public to See Info

Schiff: Trump Blocking Dem Memo, Doesn't Need Public to See Info

McGhan's letter, which is entirely reasonable, is here.

The memo prepared by aides for Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) states that October 2016 FISA application to the court, as well as "any of the renewals", the memo continues, didn't "disclose or reference the role of the DNC" or "any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials". The president declassified the document last week, allowing its publication in full.

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

It is also a step further down the road of politicizing and weaponizing intelligence information.

The disagreements have escalated over the a year ago as Democrats have charged that Republicans aren't taking the panel's investigation into Russian election meddling seriously enough.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a GOP member of the committee, said during an interview this week on Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that Democrats "are politically smart enough to put things in the memo" that have to be redacted.

"We hope this matter can quickly be resolved so the committee can return to its charge - fully investigating the Russian interference in our election and the role of the Trump campaign, and what steps need to be taken to protect against foreign interference in the next election, now only months away", Schiff said in a statement. That is how it looks now, anyway.

The AP's account is false.

Democrats said their rebuttal memo was an effort to set the record straight on that first GOP document. This omission taints the legitimacy of the FISA application, the memo suggests. Those are not doubts about the memo's "accuracy".

"We actually want the Democratic memo out".

The Republican memo claimed FBI and Justice Department bias against Trump in the federal investigating of Russian Federation and the 2016 United States election.

Reports say the decision by Trump to block the memo infuriated Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer who said, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?"

Once again, the AP's account is spun to help the Democrats.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. Some Republicans have claimed the Democratic memo involved more substantial information about law enforcement sources and methods. While we have more than our share of difficulties, the important oversight work of the committee continues with our staff working together irrespective of party.

They argued that the reliance on Steele's material amounted to an improper politicization of the government's surveillance powers.

This, based on what has been reported, is simply wrong.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) implied in an interview with Fox News on February 7 that longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal also provided information to Steele.

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