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President Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Memo On Russia Investigation

11 February 2018, 10:21 | Regina Holmes

President Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Memo On Russia Investigation

President Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Memo On Russia Investigation

Despite the concerns of the intelligence community, the memo was released without edits or redaction, with President Trump claiming that it "vindicates" him in the Mueller investigation.

But now he claims the rebuttal memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages", according to a letter written by White House counsel Don McGahn.

"What you've seen here is another partisan issue, which is the Democrats specifically put information in this memo that they knew the White House could not sign off on because of national security reasons", Lewandowski said on "Fox & Friends".

Democrats "look forward to conferring with the agencies to determine how we can properly inform the American people about the misleading attack on law enforcement by the GOP", he said.

LUCAS: Well, when the House Intelligence Committee sent the memo to the White House late Monday, that triggered the five-day clock for the president to review the document.

The release of the memo was blocked by Trump on Friday, kicking off a new skirmish between Democrats and the White House. She tweeted that Trump's blocking the memo is "hypocrisy at its worst".

There are also suspicions the White House is working with Nunes to politicize the committee's oversight of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with a Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election or whether the President obstructed justice.

"It's going to be released soon".

The Nunes memo argued that Mr Steele should have been terminated by the bureau from his role as a paid FBI source at least one month earlier than he was because he violated confidentiality rules by speaking to the media and that senior officials within the Department of Justice (DOJ) were aware of Mr Steele's biases.

The FBI had also warned against declassifying the Republican document, saying it had "grave concerns about material omissions" that made it misleading, but Trump overrode those concerns and declassified it on February 2. You know, the agencies the Democrats were touting just last week when they were hoping they would be able to successfully prevent the release of the Nunes memo.

The committee can either make those changes or seek a vote from the House to override the president's decision.

Rosenstein met with Trump on Tuesday to talk about the countermemo and begin the declassification review. On the other hand, Democrats called the memo risky and quickly mobilized to discredit the document before it was released to the public.

The rebuttal was the latest Democratic volley against a Republican assault on the legitimacy of the government's Russian Federation investigation. They could accept Trump's offer for help from the Justice Department to scrub the memo of sensitive information.

"I'm really not", he said. They noted that federal law enforcement officials had informed the court about the political origins of Steele's work and that some of the former spy's information was corroborated by the FBI.

The President's gambit is possible because the public has yet to see the details in the Democratic memo and so can not judge his motives.

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