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Schiff: Panel to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss memo redaction

Schiff: Panel to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss memo redaction

"One week after he released the misleading and incomplete Nunes memo, President Trump tonight blocked the release of the Schiff memo that sought to fill in the holes".

The move by the Trump White House to block the release of the Democratic memo not only gives the appearance that he may be hiding something, but it also suggests that Trump only declassified the material in the GOP document to provide political cover for himself - bolstering a potential obstruction of justice case against him. "And if we redacted it, then there would be an outcry that said the White House is trying to edit it". The Schiff memo is a 10-page document that responds to the Nunes memo, which alleges that the FBI abused its powers when it opened its investigation into Russia's meddling with the 2016 election.

That letter, along with the controversial memo that President Donald Trump cleared for release on February 2, is at the heart of a heated back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans over Steele's credibility and his role in fueling the early stages of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

The Republican document was released without redactions last week, and claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unsubstantiated allegations by former British spy Christopher Steele to obtain a warrant to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Republicans contend that senior law enforcement officials were - and still are - biased against Trump, something the president also says frequently.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has read the classified information both memos are based on.




Republicans say the dossier played a central role in justifying surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser during and after the 2016 election.

In his letter, McGahn said Trump has instructed Justice Department officials to be available to help the intelligence committee revise the Democratic memo, if it so wishes, so as to "mitigate the risks."The executive branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the February 5th memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity". Well, apparently full transparency only goes so far". The very fact that Nunes' memo was written - much less released - is hugely unprecedented. Trump might have been able to obstruct the release of a memo, but soon he might be powerless to stop Schiff and the Russian Federation investigation. "We think it's ridiculous on the face of it".

The process had been largely the same for the Democratic rebuttal. "The president is inclined to declassify it the way he did the other" memo.

That would allow them, he said, to "blame the White House for lack of transparency". We will see, when the Democratic memo is made public, whether it adds anything to our knowledge of Obama administration misdeeds. "We've asked them to clean it up".

Among the Republicans who publicly criticized the president for refusing to release the rebuttal was Justin Amash, of MI, who said the public has a right to examine both documents and draw their own conclusions.


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