Trump won't release Schiff reponse to Nunes memo, for now

The Latest Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems’ memo

Trump won't release Schiff reponse to Nunes memo, for now

Trump also seized on revelations in the Nunes memo that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved a warrant application for surveillance on Page, raising the specter that the president could fire him, triggering a potential crisis in who would oversee Mueller's investigation.

But in a letter to the committee's chairman, White House Counsel Don McGahn said Mr Trump had decided against approving public release of the Democratic memo "because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified passages".

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.

Furious Democrats lashed out late Friday after President Donald Trump blocked the release of a rebuttal memo to the one written by the Republicans using selective information to attack the FBI's investigation of a former Trump campaign adviser.

On Friday evening, the White House announced Trump was not ready to release the Democratic memo.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, standing with Reps. She tweeted that Trump's blocking the memo is "hypocrisy at its worst".

"The U.S. intelligence community has concluded, and members of Trump's cabinet agree, that the Russians interfered in our election and plan to do so again".

The FBI had previously issued a highly unusual warning against releasing the memo from Republican Nunes, saying it could jeopardize United States intelligence collection methods.

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Trump's delaying move could have the effect of devaluing the impact of the Democratic memo, even if a redacted version is eventually released.

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According to the Post, GOP leaders in the House are "dispensing with the memo format" as a means to sway the national discourse, with some party leaders expressing regret over the whirlwind scandal that unfolded in recent weeks.

"What we saw with the Republican memo is there was no information in there that couldn't be released, so the White House declassified it and said sure feel free to put it out", he said.

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". Both agencies had asked Trump and the Committee to not release the original memo. The president declassified the document last week, allowing its publication in full over the objections of the Justice Department.

Trump earlier today said that the memo would be released soon.

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. They could accept Trump's offer for help from the Justice Department to scrub the memo of sensitive information. "I swear to God I didn't know that", Rep. Tom Rooney says.

Speaking on "Fox & Friends" earlier this month about the GOP memo, Lewandowski asserted, "This is one of the grossest abuses of power we've seen from a government agency and there has to be accountability". He called the Democrats' memo "very political" and "long".

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