Trump defends decision to keep "political and long" Democratic memo under wraps


They claim that if that information is redacted, they will then consider releasing the revised memo.

Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, criticized the president in a statement Friday, saying that the "reckless" Nunes memo should not have been released and expressed concerns about the revisions the Republican majority on the committee could make to his memo.

SHAPIRO: White House counsel Don McGahn says the president is inclined to declassify this memo but unable to do so.

The Democratic memo from Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was written in response to the GOP memo, which accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of surveillance abuses against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"I know the Nunes memo is misleading, and I know Congressman Schiff was seeking to provide a factual counterpoint", Feinstein said.

The letter from McGahn said that Democrats could try to rewrite the memo, and go through the same submission process, followed by another review by the White House. The Democrats' memo is a rebuttal to the GOP memo about surveillance of a former Trump campaign official is expected to be released soon. The move intensified extreme partisanship surrounding the Russian Federation investigation that is sparking suggestions that Trump is coordinating with Republicans to discredit Mueller's work. "If they really wanted to get it out, they'd be down there all day yesterday redacting it, getting it back over to the White House so that the public can know what's in it".

"If President Trump has nothing to hide, he should release the Democratic memo". He called the Democrats' memo "very political" and "long".

However, the White House decision was criticised by Democrats - with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claiming it proves that the release of the initial memo was a "blatantly political move".

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, said bluntly, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?" After being named to head the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, Special Counsel Robert Mueller appointed a team of politically connected prosecutors to assist in the probe.

"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 added.

Mueller took over the investigation from the FBI.

Among those questioning Trump's intentions is Ted Lieu (D-CA), a former Air Force JAG officer and current member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The Nunes memo accuses the Russian Federation probe of being infused with anti-Trump bias under the Obama administration and supported by the dossier. "Neither one endangers national security", said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

Trump tweeted that Democrats included sensitive material in the memo so he would have to reject their request to declassify it "whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency".