Trump asks Democrats to re-do 'very political' memo

Trump asks Democrats to re-do 'very political' memo

Trump asks Democrats to re-do 'very political' memo

The letter says Trump encourages the House Intelligence Committee to revise the memo to mitigate risks working with the Justice Department.

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

And even before all of that - and before he had even reviewed the memo - President Donald Trump and the White House made clear they would release the GOP memo.

"After ignoring urging of Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, (the President) now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with", he wrote on Twitter. He added that Democrats would review the recommended redactions and confer with the agencies "to determine how we can properly inform the American people".

The letter notes that due to the "public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances", justice department officials would be made available to offer "technical assistance" to edit the memo for potential release.

On Friday, the president met with FBI Director Christopher Wray, the principal associate deputy attorney general and the White House counsel's office to discuss the Democratic memo, according to the White House.

At the time, Democrats complained that the Republican memo didn't give an accurate picture of how the warrants were supported and whether it was disclosed that political organizations bankrolled the dossier.

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"Blocking its release, and not the Republican one, is clearly a partisan move to muddy the facts, deceive the American public, and distract from Special Counsel Mueller's Russian Federation investigation", said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, said bluntly, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?"

Democrats warn this does not just amount to a double standard, but also reflects a pattern of attempts by the President to frustrate the investigation because he has something to hide.

Nunes agreed, saying the apparent intentional inclusion of sensitive methods by Schiff's team is "all about politics" and making the Trump administration look like it is hiding something.

"Their goal here is to put the FBI on trial, to put Bob Mueller's investigation on trial, and the president is only too happy to accommodate", Schiff said.

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously earlier in the week to release a memo drafted by Democrats to rebut the Republican document that Trump had declassified a week earlier. People who have read the Schiff memo told NPR's Philip Ewing that it is 10 pages and contains many footnotes meant to rebut arguments made in the GOP document.

It does appear that the Democratic memo contains details that could be reasonably said to endanger national security.

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