Trump Will Not Release Democrat's Rebuttal Memo


The controversial Republican memo, which was written by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, portrayed the Russian Federation investigation as a product of political bias at the FBI and Justice Department against Trump.

SHAPIRO: The Nunes memo of course is from the Republican majority.

Trump, after overriding the FBI's rare public remonstration that the GOP memo contained "material omissions of fact", is now posing as a sober guardian of classified information.

Nunes, during an appearance on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures," blamed Democrats for packing their memo full of "sources and methods" - critical information about how the committee recruits sources and uncovers information. The Democrats' memo is a rebuttal to the GOP memo about surveillance of a former Trump campaign official is expected to be released soon.

"Refusal to release Democratic response to #NunesMemo - evidence of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump happening in real time", Blumenthal tweeted. "We will redact it to make sure that we're very protective of sources and methods", Schiff said.

A week after authorizing the release of the notorious "Nunes memo", the White House announced on Friday night that it was blocking the public release of a Democratic memo based on the same underlying intelligence as the GOP document. The "very political and long" document had to be redone and sent back "in proper form", the president said.

"The president's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling", he said in a statement. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him".

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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?

The dueling memos from different members of the House Intelligence Committee relate to an ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe". The Republicans' 3 1/2-page memo focused on the FBI's use of material from a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, the former Trump campaign official.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) pulled no punches on Trump as he characterized the president's decision as the hypocritical act of a man who places his own personal interests above national security.

"This move by [Trump] confirms what we have all known for weeks - that his decision to release the [Nunes memo] was a blatantly political move made without concern for national security", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted Friday evening. Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians and Russian agents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.