Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Dems Slam Trump's 'Double Customary' on FISA Memo

Dems Slam Trump's 'Double Customary' on FISA Memo

Last week, House Intelligence Committee Republicans released a memo alleging serious accusations of bias against Donald Trump at the Department of Justice, FBI, and in the Obama administration that served as the impetus behind the Russian investigation.

President Trump lamented that the "Democrats sent a very political and long response memo" which would have had to have been heavily redacted if released to the public.

White House counsel Don McGahn II released a statement Friday stating Trump was "inclined" but "unable" to release the Democratic memo because it "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages", according to Politico.

After the decision to block the Democratic memo was announced, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) expressed his intention to revise and release the document.

Trump followed up with a tweet Saturday saying Democrats "knew, because of sources and methods (and more)" that it could not be declassified and released in full.

"The President's decision to block the Democratic memo from release is part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the President", Pelosi said Friday night.

The committee voted unanimously to release the memo on Monday, giving the president five days to determine whether to withhold the document on national security grounds.

Trump had said earlier Friday he planned to release the memo.

"The President immediately-and without scrutiny-approves the release of a memo that he claims "vindicates" him", said Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, where the memo battles have been fought. Mr Trump authorised its release anyway.

It also alleges that DOJ official did not disclose to the court that the dossier was funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and that the Page surveillance application contained information about Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, which "triggered" the opening of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and allegations of ties to Russian Federation.

"The Democratic response sets out the material facts that were necessary for the public to see that the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted properly in seeking a FISA warrant on Carter Page", Schiff said in a statement.

The previously released Republican text alleges anti-Trump bias in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election that brought Trump to power.

"After promising to treat the Democratic response in precisely the same way, the White House now seeks to have the Democratic memo sent back to committee and revised by the same majority that produced the flawed Nunes document to begin with, " he said.

"Any minor redactions should be made as quickly as possible and the memo should be released", she said.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, a Trump supporter, made an appropriate observation on the particular flavor of the second memo.

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