US President Donald Trump won't declassify the Democrats memo

US President Donald Trump won't declassify the Democrats memo

United States President Donald Trump on Saturday, February 10 told Democratic lawmakers to refile a memo about the probe into his campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation, leaving a chance the document could still be released.

That possible nudge toward progress came as both sides traded steamy recriminations over the matter.

"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.

Late on Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Trump of "hypocrisy at its worst" in blocking, at least for now, release of the House Democrats' memo.

"We're not afraid of transparency", Short said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

One interpretation of events is that Trump, in a flagrant move, used his authority to declassify selective intelligence that could undercut the Russian Federation probe, then used it again to keep secret information that does the reverse.

Schiff said in a statement that Trump had released Nunes' "deeply flawed and inaccurate memo" without any redactions and despite concerns voiced by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which "was described by the agencies as extraordinarily reckless and omitting material facts".

After the memo was released, Gowdy said on Twitter that it did not discredit Mueller's probe.

On Friday, Trump refused to declassify the Democratic document. The president has the authority to keep such information under wraps, and exercised it only against the Democrats. "Why won't the President put our country before his personal and political interests?'" Republicans backed the release, but several said they thought it should be redacted. But, a source who read the Democrats' memo told Fox News that the document is "filled with sources and methods taken from the original documents". "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".

Trump would consider releasing the document if changes were made "to mitigate the risks" determined by the Department of National Intelligence and Justice Department of releasing those sensitive parts, McGahn wrote.

FBI chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a separate letter indicated that releasing this material would present concerns for the "protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similarly sensitive information".

Schiff, who has traded bitter Twitter messages with the president after Trump called him one of "the biggest liars and leakers" in Washington, warned this week that Trump might call for "political edits" meant to erase embarrassing parts of the memo, not information related to national security. It argued that the application to monitor Page via a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant misleadingly failed to disclose that evidence used from the Steele dossier had been paid for by Democrats. I know the Nunes memo is misleading, and I know Congressman Schiff was seeking to provide a factual counterpoint.

The Democratic memo is believed to elaborate on these points. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released. We don't know why they're not in this weekend redacting it so that we can get it back to the White House so the president can declassify it.

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