Dems wrote FISA rebuttal memo to set up White House

The Latest Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems’ memo

The Latest Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems’ memo

President Trump said Saturday a Democratic intelligence memo he has blocked from being released is "very political and long" and would have to be rewritten before he would allow it to be made public.

The GOP memo accuses law enforcement officials of relying heavily on uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia in applications to an intelligence court to surveil Page, whom authorities suspected at the time of being a Russian agent, arguing that the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele "formed an essential part" of the Page application in October of 2016.

He went on to say that the Justice Department had identified portions of the Democrats' memo that it believed "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests" if disclosed.

"The president's decision to block the Democratic memo from release is part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president", she said in a statement.

On Saturday, Trump defended his decision on the rebuttal, saying the memo is "very political" and "long".

Trump said the Democrats wrote their memo that way so they could "blame the White House for lack of transparency".

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.

Instead, it was Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and meetings he had with agents of the Kremlin at which he was offered dirt on Hillary Clinton that triggered the investigation, the Nunes memo says. It was up to Trump to then approve the release.

The Intelligence Committee had voted unanimously on Monday to release the document drafted by the panel's Democrats, contingent on the Republican president agreeing. His mind was made up to release the Nunes memo no matter what the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department - or anyone else - said.

It appears that President Donald Trump is one step ahead of Democrats.

Mr. McGahn's letter included a document from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, raising concerns about passages in the Democratic response that involved "longstanding principles regarding the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similarly sensitive information".

The GOP claims that a politically motivated and unverified dossier was used as the basis for extending surveillance warrants against ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who had contacts with Russian Federation.

Democrats have countered that the GOP memo was inaccurate and a misleading collection of "cherry-picked" details. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released. "But what's really going on here.is the President doesn't want the public to see the underlying facts".

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