Trump delays release of Democrat counter-memo

Trump delays release of Democrat counter-memo

However, the White House decision was criticised by Democrats - with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claiming it proves that the release of the initial memo was a "blatantly political move".

Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has viewed the classified documents behind the memo along with Intelligence Committee member Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), countered afterward that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation did include information about a potential political bias" and "did set out information about who had provided the support for Christopher Steele". "The White House ignored their concerns and approved the publication of the Republican memo with no redactions even though the action was described by the agencies as extraordinarily reckless and omitting material facts".

In a statement on Saturday, Schiff noted the incongruity. "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. Trump alleges that the Democrats "would have blamed the White House for lack of transparency" had he chose to release a redacted memo.

"The fact that the President is only interested in "transparency" when he thinks it "totally vindicates Trump" speaks volumes", said Sen.

"Top Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are fuming".

Democrats said the Republican memo mischaracterised highly sensitive classified information and was meant to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation. "All we can do is make criminal referrals", the California Republican said.

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

Mr Mueller is also investigating whether Mr Trump has committed obstruction of justice in trying to impede the Russian Federation probe. It claims that without the Steele dossier, no surveillance warrants would have been sought.

The committee voted unanimously to release the memo on Monday, giving the president five days to determine whether to withhold the document on national security grounds. Let's see exactly how the applications were tied to the investigation of supposed Russian interference in the US election, and what evidence the FBI presented in support of these requests.

President Trump reviewed the Democratic memo with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters on Tuesday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

It's dismaying to see the system become so politicized that the public can only assess the legitimacy of its democratic processes and institutions by relying on politically driven commentaries.

Spokesmen for the Justice Department did not respond Friday night to questions about the concerns that Rosenstein and Wray had reportedly expressed.

On Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden, who as a legislator helped pass the Violence Again Women Act, criticized Trump's comment about Porter.

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