Trump blocks release of Democratic memo that rebuts Republican claims

House votes to pass spending bill

House votes to pass spending bill

He responded to Trump's tweet last Saturday with one of his own, writing "Mr. President, what you call "political" are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn't chose to release the GOP memo ["100%"] before reading it and over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

In refusing to release the Democratic rebuttal memo, the President cited 'national security concerns'. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: "What is he hiding?" The Nunes memo refers to the GOP memo, which was produced by the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). In retrospect, it looks as though the White House prepared the ground for his decision by saying all week that he was of a mind to release the memo - dampening expectations that his motivations were political. The White House says the Democrats' response has too much secret information. The classified information in the Democratic memo provides necessary context "to rebut the errors, omissions, and distortions in the Republican-drafted memo", according to Schiff.

In a letter to the committee released Friday night, White House Counsel Donald McGahn offered the assistance of Justice Department experts to revise the document so it can be made public. "President Trump clearly doesn't want Americans to have access to the truth", Crowley said. This seems to be part of that same pattern.

Nunes has since conceded that the political nature of the material was included in a footnote - a fact confirmed in a letter released this week by two senior Republican senators. And they were willing to completely ignore that. We sent them our memo even before we took it up in committee. But let's be clear: This is not how the White House treated the Nunes memo. It will argue that it is just handling classified information with care, but it did not demonstrate that level of care last week when it forced through the Nunes memo.

President Trump reviewed the Democratic memo with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters on Tuesday.

"We will be releasing the memo", he said. They know that the chairman, you know, views his mission as protecting the president. Not only were they wrong on legal grounds to oppose the memo's release, they were politically stupid for doing so. We'll see if we can work our way through this. "I think they followed all the correct procedures". Among those passages are some that the Justice Department says could compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations, and national security if disclosed. But no, we've always wanted to handle classified information - the committee - responsibly.

Because of this deception, Grassley and Graham "are referring Christopher Steele to the Department of Justice for investigation of potential violation (s) of 18 U.S.C. § 1001", which could lead to a criminal indictment.

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. Thank you for joining us tonight.

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