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Trump blocks release of Democrats' memo

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Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 08:05

The letter notes that due to the "public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances", justice department officials would be made available to offer "technical assistance" to edit the memo for potential release.

Democrats expressed outrage at the president's decision.

Earlier this week, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Democratic memo.

If Democrats take back the House in November, Adam Schiff is going to be man who will be running the House investigation into Donald Trump.

McGahn wrote in his letter that Trump was "inclined to declassify" the Democrats' memo, but given its sensitive passages, he was "unable to do so". The president said the Democrats knew, because of the sensitivity of the information they included in their memo, that it would need to be heavily redacted.

"The executive branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the February 5 memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity", McGahn wrote to the committee. The FBI publicly objected to the Nunes memo's release, suggesting the document left out key facts and was misleading.

But some Hill and Justice Department veterans are puzzled by this whole mess.

"Clearly, the president has something to hide". "Their memo is sitting at the House Intelligence Committee down at the bottom of the Capitol waiting to be redacted", the California Republican told Fox News.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, said bluntly, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?"

NBC apologizes to South Korea for analyst's remark
Japan's 35-year colonisation of Korea, between 1910 and 1945, was marked by harsh rule and human rights abuse. Another asked if NBC would thank Japan for the attacks on Pearl Harbour.

It's likely that all four sources used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to start spying on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign have connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a top investigative journalist. Whatever the case, Trump, who declared last weekend that the GOP memo "totally vindicates" him, is losing support from his own party as he elevates the rhetoric against the FBI and DOJ, which are overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian Federation and Trump's actions before and after he became president.

Nunes also supports Trump's decision to block Schiff's memo even though he wanted to release his original one.

In a statement, Mr Nunes said: "It's no surprise that these agencies recommended against publishing the memo without redactions".

The White House has blocked, at least for now, the release of a memo by Democrats on the House intelligence committee.

Democrats say the GOP memo contradicts its own premise that the Russian Federation investigation began with Page and the dossier. Fusion GPS had been hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to produce the dossier.

We could go on, but you get the drift.

Short, though, said Democrats also introduced political theater into the episode. "Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"

Trump tweeted in an apparent response to reactions to his comments Friday about the resignation of a top White House aide, Rob Porter, after his two ex-wives said he abused them.

"Their goal here is to put the FBI on trial, to put Bob Mueller's investigation on trial, and the president is only too happy to accommodate", Schiff said.

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