Dems Slam Trump's 'Double Customary' on FISA Memo

Dems Slam Trump's 'Double Customary' on FISA Memo

Dems Slam Trump's 'Double Customary' on FISA Memo

On Saturday, the President tweeted that 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 counter memo was prepared by Democratic staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, and is said to be significantly longer than the four-page Nunes memo.

"President Trump's refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats' memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people", Ms Pelosi said in a statement.

Trump decided Friday not to declassify the memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee over administration officials' "especially significant concerns" for "national security and law enforcement interests".

The FBI had previously issued a highly unusual warning against releasing the memo from Republican Nunes, saying it could jeopardize USA intelligence collection methods.

They joined other Trump administration critics in calling the release of the Republican document an effort to undermine the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

It also alleges that DOJ official did not disclose to the court that the dossier was funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and that the Page surveillance application contained information about Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, which "triggered" the opening of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and allegations of ties to Russian Federation.

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation criticised the decision to publish the unredacted memo, and told his staff - who are rumoured to be demoralised by the President - that he stood with them.

Feinstein's statement Friday also said any changes that need to be made for the Schiff memo to be declassified should be made swiftly and the memo "should be released".

The Democratic memo reportedly rebuts claims in the GOP document that investigators misled a judge when seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. "As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

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.

Among the Republicans who publicly criticized the president for refusing to release the rebuttal was Justin Amash, of MI, who said the public has a right to examine both documents and draw their own conclusions.

"Any minor redactions should be made as quickly as possible and the memo should be released", she said.

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