Trump Will Not Immediately Release Democratic Memo, Suggests Revisions

11 February, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Getty Images

"The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency", the president wrote Saturday morning. In a letter to Nunes, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said that, although Trump was "inclined to declassify" the Democratic memo, he couldn't because it contained "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages".

The White House letter said Justice Department officials will be available to help "should the committee wish to revise the February 5th memorandum to mitigate the risks identified by the department".

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who compiled the Democratic memo said that he wants the FBI, US intelligence community and the White House to vet its contents.

Schiff said that Democrats on the committee "will be reviewing the recommended redactions from DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation, which these agencies shared with the White House, and 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 and address any concerns over [intelligence] sources and methods", and that they hope the matter can be resolved "quickly". He claimed, incorrectly, that the Republican memo had vindicated him in the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.

The president has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him in the Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

House Republicans who have seen the document had said portions will nearly certainly have to be redacted to protect intelligence sources and methods.

Russia Probe Memo Released After President Trump Declassified It
The White House said the president would be open to releasing the Democratic memo after it was subjected to a security review. President Trump approved the declassification of the memo and said it revealed a disgraceful story.


Carvalhal goes on the attack - and Swansea cook up a win
However, because it was raining and Swansea kept it very tight at the back, they struggled to created many meaningful chances. Burnley have now gone 10 games without a victory - the longest winless run in the Premier League .


What the Nunes memo and the Democratic memo are all about
Neither the Nunes memo or the Dem memo should have been authored by the House Committee or released by the White House. Redacting parts of the Democratic rebuttal , of course, would play right into Schiff's hands-an outcome Rep.


Schiff and other Democrats charge that the Republican memo led by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California is misleading and omits key facts, including that the FISA application did state that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was paid by a political entity.

"Intelligence Committee Republicans encourage the minority to accept the DOJ's recommendations and make the appropriate technical changes and redactions so that no sources and methods are disclosed and their memo can be declassified as soon as possible".

Trump's delaying move could have the effect of devaluing the impact of the Democratic memo, even if a redacted version is eventually released. Republicans have seized on the Steele dossier because he was commissioned by the political research firm Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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. But it's not because of something President Trump did.

He described the Democratic memo as "not as clean as the first one", suggesting that the White House could release it with redactions.

The surveillance warrant application itself remains under tight seal. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released. "Therefore, it creates this belief that there's something being hidden from the American people", Gowdy said. He said of his memo, "It sets the context".

Recommended:

  • RUTH MARCUS: Trump and Kelly deserve one another

    An FBI background check previous year had uncovered the allegations of abuse by Porter, but he was allowed to remain in his job. Mr Trump said he was "sad" about Mr Porter's departure and that his former staffer was having a "tough time ".
    Liverpool emerge as favourites to sign out-of-favour Real Madrid star

    Liverpool emerge as favourites to sign out-of-favour Real Madrid star

    It's safe to say that under no circumstances will Tottenham sell Kane to any club in the Premier League. I believe in my team and will do so until the end.
    US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

    US Congress passes spending bill, sends to Trump to end shutdown

    The delay in its passage began when Kentucky Republican Sen. "I want them to feel uncomfortable", he said. The young people were brought illegally to the country as children years ago, mostly from Mexico.
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks struggle to stabilize after tumult

    Markets Right Now: Stocks struggle to stabilize after tumult

    Many market watchers have been predicting a pullback, saying stock prices have become too expensive relative to company earnings. U.S. benchmarks crashed lower on Thursday , with the Dow Jones finishing down 1,032 points at 23,860 - below the 24,000 level.
    Three Big 12 upsets shock college basketball on loaded Saturday slate

    Three Big 12 upsets shock college basketball on loaded Saturday slate

    Guard Devonte' Graham posted 23 to lead Kansas (19-6, 8-4) and guard Malik Newman added 14. "And I was confident in taking them". Baylor ended an 11-game losing streak in the series against the Jayhawks, including a 70-67 loss in Lawrence on January 20.
    Kenyans, Ethiopians dominate 2018 Lagos City Marathon

    Kenyans, Ethiopians dominate 2018 Lagos City Marathon

    The governor said on Saturday that the state would commit more resources to promote distance race in the country. This is more about the energy of Lagos .
  • Anadolu Agency: Turkish military, Free Syrian Army free another village

    Anadolu Agency: Turkish military, Free Syrian Army free another village

    Mr Erdo─čan who spoke on Saturday in Istanbul did not disclose the name of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who have been killed in the operations.
    Man arrested in shooting death of teenager north of Denver

    Man arrested in shooting death of teenager north of Denver

    McIntosh, however, said he doesn't believe Schwartz was involved in Bollinger's disappearance or murder. When I told him I didn't want to see him anymore, he sent me hundreds of texts and calls, ' she posted.
    How to Watch the Olympics

    How to Watch the Olympics

    Roku , Apple TV and Chromecast owners looking to stream the Olympics have their choice of streaming services. There are several TV streaming services you can use to watch Winter Olympics live streams - no cable needed.
  • Marco Belinelli plans to sign with 76ers once he clears waivers

    Marco Belinelli plans to sign with 76ers once he clears waivers

    Belinelli has previous played with every National Basketball Association team you can think of off the top of your head.

    Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang

    There's worry, too, that the proposed summit Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty. After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her.
    Samsung May Launch DeX Pad Along with Galaxy S9 in MWC 2018

    Samsung May Launch DeX Pad Along with Galaxy S9 in MWC 2018

    Now another image of the Galaxy S9 has leaked, showing the headphone port very much in tact. Recently, leaky expert Evan Blass has provided us with a look at the new DeX Pad .


Popular

United Nations chief calls for denuclearization during brief talk with N.Korean official
At the age of 30, Kim Yo Jong is likely to be the most powerful woman in North Korea. Yet despite the seemingly friendly overtures, North Korea has not put away its guns.

Here's why the stadium looked empty during the Opening Ceremonies
The dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind. The last summit was held in October 2007 between Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong Il, the father of the current North Korean leader.

Canada leads after opening day of figure skating team event
The figure skating meet kicked off several hours before the opening ceremony, and the early morning start had Chan a bit rattled. Then there are those like Adam Rippon of the United States , who said just being at the Olympics was worth the sacrifice.

S. Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister
Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. About 500 North Koreans, including 22 athletes, have travelled south for the Games, which will wrap up on February 25.

Kohli, Dhawan steady India
It is the "Pink ODI", played for the awareness against breast cancer and for the benefit of those suffering from the disease. Against the run of play, the Proteas etched out a wicket as Kohli hit straight to cover off Morris in the 32nd over.

Microsoft (MSFT) PT Raised to $115.00 at Citigroup
It increased, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. 114 funds opened positions while 708 raised stakes. Highbridge Capital Management Llc sold 487,800 shares as the company's stock declined 3.45% while stock markets rallied.

Second White House staffer quits over abuse claims
But on Saturday, he appeared to question the allegations, raising concern about what he called a lack of "Due Process". Most - 65 percent - of these women do not believe that Trump is the "very stable genius" that he says he is.

North Korean Leader Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang
Korea or exchange pleasantries w/ the most oppressive regime on earth", Agen tweeted, with check marks next to each item. Pence told North Korean officials he would skip a dinner at the reception so he could meet with US athletes.

Eagles Ran Fake Run Through To Throw Off Patriots From Spying
The Eagles played in four straight NFC Championships in the 2001-04 seasons but never won a Super Bowl. Those teams figure to be contenders for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta if their quarterbacks are healthy.

Kim Jong Un Invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang
Kim Yo-jong has become the first member of the ruling North Korean family to visit South Korea since 1950-53 Korean War. Moon has invited Kim and other senior North Korean officials to a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace on Saturday.