Trump declines to release Democratic memo

Trump declines to release Democratic memo

A day after the White House told House Democrats to edit an intelligence memo about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections in order to remove sensitive intelligence materials, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of adding in too much classified information on goal, as Republicans said the President's critics were simply playing political games over the Russia investigation.

The House can still vote to override Trump's decision after the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democratic memo.

Trump weighed in with a tweet Saturday.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee say they'll revise their memo about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation to ensure there's no harmful release of secrets, and then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it come out. "The meaning of the "(and more)" was not immediately clear.

Presidential lawyer Donald F. McGhan II says the second memo "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and should be revised.

Democrats hope Trump's low popularity in public opinion polls will help them win majorities, and some analysts give them a good chance.

Trump had said earlier Friday he planned to release the memo.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said the move is "part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".

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The memo now goes back to the committee for revision.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., accused Trump of obstructing justice by releasing one document and refusing to disclose another.

The memo mostly relied on testimonies given to the committee, as well as public sourcing, to show how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ relied on information contained in the so-called Trump dossier to obtain a FISA spy warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The Democratic memo, which the House Intelligence Committee voted to release last week, attempts to rebut and clarify the GOP memo.

"By writing and releasing the memo, the chairman may just have landed himself, and his staff members, in the middle of Robert Mueller's obstruction of justice investigation", they noted. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released.

A White House aide predicts it'll ultimately be released.

The letter, which has for the most part gone widely unreported dated February 9th, 2018 signed by both Christopher Wray (FBI Director) and Rod Rosenstein (Deputy Attorney General) clearly states that its contents pose significant National Security Concern if released as written.

That would allow them, he said, to "blame the White House for lack of transparency".

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