President Trump explains why he won't declassify Democrats' memo

A now declassified memo put together by the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes a Republican from California has been the source of a heated debate around the country

A now declassified memo put together by the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes a Republican from California has been the source of a heated debate around the country

"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.

Democrats said that their memo would provide those material facts and context to demonstrate that the authorities did not act improperly in obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Page.

To then hide behind the same Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department you ignored a week ago in order to slow - or stop - the release of a memo that tells a story Trump doesn't believe or like is the height of hypocrisy.

Democrats had concerns with the GOP memo over sensitive information as well, but the president declassified that.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, meanwhile, described President Trump's decision to block the release as "hypocrisy at its worse", arguing: "I have reviewed the classified documents that underpin both memos".

McGahn said Trump would be willing to reconsider releasing the memo if Democrat leaders revise it "to mitigate the risks" identified by the Justice Department.

Trump okayed the release of the Nunes memo last week.

Feinstein's statement Friday also said any changes that need to be made for the Schiff memo to be declassified should be made swiftly and the memo "should be released". Friday is the fifth day of a five-day presidential review period a Monday evening unanimous vote by the full House Intelligence Committee set in motion.

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Trump called the memo "very political and long" and said he "told them to re-do and send back in proper form". Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Trump wrote on Twitter after the release that the memo "totally vindicates" him in the ongoing investigation into his campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation. Asked if Democrats drafted a memo they knew would be blocked, Schiff said "of course not". Her sharp rhetoric raised the stakes in the Russia investigation - and November's midterm elections, which could possibly hand Democrats control of the House and Senate, increasing the chances for impeachment proceedings against Trump over possible collusion with Russians during the 2016 election and possibly obstruction of justice charges based on actions since he took office. In fact, the Obama administration told the FISA court nothing at all about the fact that the Steele "dossier" was entirely the creation of the Democratic Party.

Earlier this month after he allowed the public release of the GOP memo, he wrote on Twitter that it "totally vindicates" him.

According to White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, the president consulted the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department to "assess the declassification request and provide him recommendations". Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

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