Trump says Democratic memo on Russian Federation is 'very political,' needs redactions

Trump says Democratic memo on Russian Federation is 'very political,' needs redactions

Trump overrode strong Justice Department objections when he declassified a Republican memo alleging an abuse of surveillance powers in the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Mr. Schiff disputed the notion that the memo was improperly drafted, but when asked Sunday whether it contained sensitive information, he declined to say.

The Democrats have prepared a document in response to the release of the GOP memo that shed a light on the FBI's and the Justice Department's bias against Donald Trump in the first stages of the investigation of the alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 USA presidential election.

"The Democratic response sets out the material facts that were necessary for the public to see that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted properly in seeking a FISA warrant on Carter Page", Schiff said.

Under the obscure rule invoked by the Intelligence Committee to initiate the document's release, the committee could choose to make those changes, or could decide to seek a vote of the full House to try to override Trump's decision.

Lewandowski accused Democrats of creating "another partisan issue" with their counter-memo due to putting information that "they knew the White House could not sign off on because of national security reasons".

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking member, fired back at Trump's claim that the Democratic memo was all about politics. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him". The White House cited National Security concerns for not doing so.

"Refusal to release Democratic response to Nunes Memo - evidence of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump happening in real time", said Sen. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, tweeted Friday night that he has seen both memos, neither jeopardize national security, and the Democratic memo should be released just like the Republican one was.

Democrats said that memo "cherry-picked" details.

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One House Republican said the President had made the wrong move.

Dianne Feinstein, calling the GOP memo, coordinated by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes "misleading".

The dueling memos from different members of the House Intelligence Committee relate to an ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The Democratic memo is expected to deliver a detailed, point-by-point rebuttal of the claims in the GOP memo. "Clearly, the President has something to hide".

In the tweet, Trump says the Democrats knew the memo "would have to be heavily redacted" and that the White House would be criticized for a "lack of transparency".

The FBI suspected that Page, a former investment banker based in Moscow who had previously been under investigation, was acting as a Russian agent.

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.

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

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