Trump delays release of Democrat counter-memo

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Accompanied by a letter from the White House, the Democrat-drafted memo was sent back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

Trump tweeted a day after refusing to declassify and allow publication of the Democrats' memo that sought to rebut Republican claims of FBI's "bias" and "surveillance abuses" in its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. We don't have people that can go out and arrest people and bring them down to the Capitol and hold them in the bowels of the Capitol.

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

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, said Mr. Schiff put the president in a "no-win situation".

On Capitol Hill, partisan sparring over the release of the memos has marked a low point in relations between Republicans and Democrats on the traditionally bipartisan committee, with many members expecting that the panel's once-united Russian Federation investigation will likely end with dueling majority and minority reports.

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. The president has the authority to keep such information under wraps, and exercised it only against the Democrats. D-Calif., said Trump's refusal to release the Democrats' memo indicates he "has something to hide". But, late last night, President Trump announced that he would not release the Democratic memo until changes were made, citing national security issues with the document. Among those passages are some that the Justice Departments says could compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and national security if disclosed.

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The House can still vote to override Trump's decision after the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democratic memo.

The dueling memos relate to claims by Republicans that the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its powers in obtaining a warrant for the surveillance of Trump campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page in the secret FISA court process. "Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"

Nunes, for his part, said it was "no surprise" that the Schiff memo wasn't released, given its lack of redactions.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, has said he will be scrutinizing the process closely. You know, the agencies the Democrats were touting just last week when they were hoping they would be able to successfully prevent the release of the Nunes memo. He said the president would again consider making the memo public if the committee, which had approved its release on Monday, revised it to "mitigate the risks". The Democrats, led by Schiff, would need the support of Republicans, who control the committee, to force a House vote on the matter.

The immediate result of President Donald Trump's decision to block the release of a Democratic memo on the Russian Federation investigation is to expose him to charges of hypocrisy.

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