House committee votes to release Democrats' classified memo

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Schiff said that the letter sent to Trump along with the Dems' memo "urged them to consult with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation", as "we want those agencies to report back to us if they have any redactions that are necessary".

"The vote was unanimous to release this", he said.

Schiff told reporters he thought that Republicans felt they had to vote to release the Democratic memo after blocking it last week - adding that he thought it would also be very hard for the White House to object to its release. Trump claims the entire probe against him and his associates is the product of Democratic Party opposition research.

Watch Schiff's Sunday appearance on ABC News to discuss the memo above.

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Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, pressed Nunes during the meeting on whether he had coordinated with the White House in any aspect of the memo, just as he had one week prior when Nunes did not respond to his questions about staff involvement with the White House on the memo.

Schiff said Monday that he was concerned the White House would make "political" redactions to the memo instead of doing so on national security grounds - a fear Conaway dismissed as "speculation".

Trump tweeted that Schiff is "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" and "must be stopped". A tweet Trump sent earlier on Monday about the lead Democrat on the panel, Adam Schiff, raises doubts about the prospect, notes the Washington Post. On Monday, Trump took a shot on Twitter at the Intelligence Committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Mark Warner, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and former DNI director James Clapper.

"We think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo", Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, told reporters after the House Intelligence Committee's business meeting. But several of those Republicans, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, have indicated that they now favour releasing the Democratic memo, as long as it has been scrubbed of sensitive national security information. "So the Democrats are well aware that I did not leak information".

The partisan fight is likely to continue as Nunes has vowed more reports on alleged politically motivated bias inside the Trump administration.

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The Democrats' 10-page memo alleges that the GOP document used incomplete information to make misleading conclusions about the FBI's application for a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser. Congress should not continue to be complicit in the presidents risky attack on federal law enforcement, and the special counsels investigation should continue to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Gowdy said the allegations of FBI misconduct in getting the warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page have nothing to do with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe", the president tweeted Saturday. The four-page memo does not clear the president or his campaign from any possible collusion with the Russians well-documented effort to influence the outcome of the election.

Utah representative Chris Stewart said: "I think it would be a mistake for anyone to suggest that the special counsel shouldn't complete his work". "He put the memo in one tranche and put the Russian Federation investigation in another tranche, and I think one doesn't cancel out the other."...

Lawmakers also said the memo should not impede Mueller. Schiff and his minority say they prepared their secret rebuttal to fill in what they call these gaps.

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