Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is 'very political' and needs redaction

Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is 'very political' and needs redaction

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

White House Counsel Donald McGahn's letter to the House Intelligence Committee [full text]Wake up Right! Feinstein said in a statement. Here, the White House, Don McGahn, the president and others express no concern over the opinion of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation when they said that they should not publish the Nunes memo. Portions of the memo "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests", Mr McGahn wrote. He added that Democrats would review the recommended redactions and confer with the agencies "to determine how we can properly inform the American people".

Trump approved a memo from Republicans on the same committee the week before. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him".

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.

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to block the release of a memo by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), claiming the 10-page report is "very political and long".

Remember that Trump was overheard telling Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, at the State of the Union that the Nunes memo would be released - even as the White House counsel and the national security team were still reviewing it.

"Any minor redactions should be made as quickly as possible and the memo should be released", she said.

Democrats said that memo mischaracterised sensitive information and was meant to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between Mr Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

"Top Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are fuming".

SHAPIRO: Just to be clear, is your argument here, Republicans were allowed to damage national security by releasing this memo, so Democrats should be allowed to do the same?

The Nunes memo has been widely criticized, and Democrats have argued that a key claim - that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said the Steele dossier was vital to the FISA application - simply isn't true. "If he released it, he actually jeopardizes sources, methods and potentially lives of Americans and others who help in our intelligence community". "Clearly, the President has something to hide".

Mueller took over the investigation from the FBI.

President Trump tweeted early Saturday, saying Democratic leadership on the House Intelligence Committee knew their memo would be heavily redacted, in the least.

In this case, by contrast, the White House wasn't almost so eager to commit to a memo's release and is now suggesting it is bowing to concerns from the very same federal law enforcement entities whose objections it disregarded last time.

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