Trump Blocks Release of Democrat Memo on Russia, US Elections

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

The White House released a letter from Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that said they have given details to the intelligence panel about which portions of the Democratic memo are too sensitive to release.

That possible nudge toward progress came as both sides traded steamy recriminations over the matter. "If the President really believes the Nunes memo vindicates him, as he has said, what is he hiding by blocking the Schiff memo?"

"We're not afraid of transparency", Short said on NBC's "Meet the Press". Even Republicans who crafted the memo disputed that.

Steele was gathering information on possible connections between Russian Federation and Trump associates, but the Republican memo says the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not disclose to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that he was being paid by the Democratic National Committee and lawyers for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"The President is inclined to declassify the memo", she said on ABC's "This Week", claiming that as written, it reveals intelligence sources and methods while the Republican document did not. The president has the authority to keep such information under wraps, and exercised it only against the Democrats. Schiff and other Democrats say the Republicans are trying to undermine the Mueller inquiry.

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McGahn said Trump would be willing to reconsider releasing the memo if Democrat leaders revise it "to mitigate the risks" identified by the Justice Department. "Their memo is sitting at the House Intelligence Committee down at the bottom of the Capitol waiting to be redacted", the California Republican told Fox News.

"The President's decision to block the Democratic memo from release is part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the President", she added. We don't have people that can go out and arrest people and bring them down to the Capitol and hold them in the bowels of the Capitol.

The decision to completely block the memo's release - rather than redact particular excerpts objected to by law enforcement and intelligence agencies - could give further ammunition to critics who say the president is politicizing the process.

The Nunes memo alleged that senior DOJ officials inappropriately relied on the research, paid for in part by Hillary Clinton, to obtain a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

They argued that the reliance on Steele's material amounted to an improper politicization of the government's surveillance powers. The Democratic memo was drawn from the same underlying documents as the Republican one. Let's see what they've got. The Democratic memo is thought to elaborate on those points. Schumer also said in a statement. I know the Nunes memo is misleading, and I know Congressman Schiff was seeking to provide a factual counterpoint.

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