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Trump blocks release of Democrats' memo on probe

Trump blocks release of Democrats' memo on probe

The White House announced Friday that Trump would not yet approve the release of the Democratic memo, which is aimed at rebutting a GOP-drafted document for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump likely to approve release of Dem memo: report Trump called for unity - he didn't even last a week Mark Levin: Clinton colluded with Russian Federation, "paid for a warrant" to surveil Carter Page MORE (R-Calif.) that was released in full.

He said Trump was still "inclined" to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made.

Instead, the memo alleges misconduct in how Democrats, the FBI, and the Department of Justice handled investigations into Carter Page, a prominent foreign policy adviser for Trump during his campaign.

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. In the days following the release of the memo, authored by Devin Nunes, pundits, and politicians on both sides attempted to frame exactly what the four-page document contained, each coming to radically different conclusions.

Here, the White House, Don McGahn, the president and others express no concern over the opinion of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation when they said that they should not publish the Nunes memo. He added that Trump would likely perceive the Democratic memo as portraying him negatively because it was "a point-by-point refutation of the Republican memo".

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President Trump will not immediately release a memo drafted by Democrats on the House intelligence committee meant to respond to a memo by that committee's Republican chairman released last week, with the White House instead suggesting revisions of sensitive sections before it is made available to the public. "This is hypocrisy at its worst", Feinstein said. The letter included a document from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, regarding passages in the Democratic response that involved "longstanding principles regarding the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similarly sensitive information".

Nunes also supports Trump's decision to block Schiff's memo even though he wanted to release his original one. "Neither one endangers national security".

The Republican memo was released over the objections of Democratic members of the committee and intelligence agencies, who disputed the claims that Mueller's probe is unwarranted. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released.

"If President Trump has nothing to hide, he should release the Democratic memo". Schiff said his memo "will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies" in the GOP memo.

"I'll tell you I've never seen this president participate in anything that doesn't make him look good", he said during an CNN interview. The very fact that Nunes' memo was written - much less released - is hugely unprecedented.