Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, cites national security concerns

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, cites national security concerns

Democrats claim their memo will rebut Republican allegations that the Justice Department abused stringent evidence requirements to spy on former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page in order to discredit the then-GOP presidential candidate.

Trump cited national security concerns as his reason not to release the Democratic memo, with White House counsel Don McGahn explaining in a letter to Nunes that while Trump "is inclined to declassify" the memo, the administration believes it would create "especially significant concerns" for "national security and law enforcement interests".

That memo was prepared by the office of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, and Donald Trump opted to not block its release despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly raising "grave concerns" about its content.

McGahn said Justice Department personnel will be made available to provide technical assistance to the committee.

We have some breaking news tonight about those competing Democratic and Republican memos from the House Intelligence Committee.

The Democrats have demanded that Trump release their memo regarding the Russian investigation in a response to the release of the Republican memo enraged the Justice Department and the FBI.

The FBI had warned that the Republican memo left out crucial information that could have an impact on its accuracy.

SHAPIRO: Just to be clear, is your argument here, Republicans were allowed to damage national security by releasing this memo, so Democrats should be allowed to do the same? "Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"


Upon Trump's decision, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer asked, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?"

"If Page was using one of his standard phones, it was probably picked up", Elizabeth Goitein, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department and co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, told Politico.

We can't really know what McCabe actually said without public disclosure by the committee of his private testimony and we can't know how much of a factor the dossier itself played in the warrant application without public disclosure of the FISA documents, which (with appropriate recommended redactions) I'm sure Republicans and the president will now agree to, given their commitment to transparency.

House Republicans have pointed to the specifics of Grassley and Graham's memo as corroboration of the complaints they made in their memo.

Page was the subject of controversial warrants issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2016, in part based on an unsubstantiated opposition-research "dossier" about Donald Trump that was funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party.

He said the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies have acknowledged the grave risks of failing to share information, while lawmakers have generally taken more active roles in holding them accountable.

In the tweet, Trump says the Democrats knew the memo "would have to be heavily redacted" and that the White House would be criticized for a "lack of transparency".

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, compiled his objections into his own memo - a 10-page document that is reportedly a detailed rebuttal to his colleague's claims.

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