President Donald Trump has for now stopped the release of the Democrats' counter-memo, rebutting Republican assertions over the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "bias" and "surveillance abuses" targeting a former Trump campaign aide as part of its probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The four-page GOP memo, released last week, argues that Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of former Trump campaign official Carter Page was authorized in part because of claims in the unverified Trump dossier authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
Adam Schiff, who wrote the second memo, said at the time that Republicans had "found themselves in an insupportable position when they released a misleading memo and refused to release the Democratic response".
Trump claimed the original memo "totally vindicated" him in his role in attempts to thwart the special counsel's investigation of the matter but investigators and even Republicans say it shows more illegal involvement in it.
Schiff who has been feuding with Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, over the competing memos, said Trump is looking out for himself by blocking the Democrats' version.
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The controversy also illustrates the relative impotence of Democrats trying to hold Trump's feet to the fire. "The bottom line is the Democrat memo does not undercut the essence of this scandal".
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.
The letter, which has for the most part gone widely unreported dated February 9th, 2018 signed by both Christopher Wray (FBI Director) and Rod Rosenstein (Deputy Attorney General) clearly states that its contents pose significant National Security Concern if released as written.
One interpretation of events is that Trump, in a flagrant move, used his authority to declassify selective intelligence that could undercut the Russian Federation probe, then used it again to keep secret information that does the reverse.
They argued that the reliance on Steele's material amounted to an improper politicization of the government's surveillance powers. The president said the Democrats knew, because of the sensitivity of the information they included in their memo, that it would need to be heavily redacted.
On Saturday, Lewandowski doubled down on his previous comments, adding that the Republican memo did not contain classified information, unlike the Democratic memo.