Trump declines to release Democratic memo

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington US

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington US

The memo was written in response to a controversial four-page document released February 2 by Republicans on the House intelligence committee that was primarily focused on how a 2016 dossier on Trump and his associates was used to take out surveillance warrants on one of his campaign advisers.

McGahn said that "given the public interest in transparency", the White House "stands ready" to review any revisions to Schiff's memo made by Democrats on the committee.

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 USA presidential election.

Trump told the White House press corps on Friday that the Dem memo will be released "soon" after it was reviewed by the White House.

"In order to rebut the errors, omissions and distortions in the Republican-drafted memo, we have included certain details beyond the revelations made public by the release of the majority's document", Schiff said.

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.

Democrats on the intelligence committee complained the Republicans' four-page memo cherry-picked facts and explained events out of context and was thus not accurate. The committee voted on Monday to release the document, and it was sent to Trump's desk for approval. Among those passages are some that the Justice Departments says could compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and national security if disclosed. 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.

President Trump declassified the Republican memo after it was revised to meet security objections, as well as objections by the Democrats.

Even before reading the GOP document, Trump pledged to make it public and was overheard telling one congressman after the State of the Union address that he would "100 percent" put it out.

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

"With regard to the House Intelligence Committee's memorandum, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it", read a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The very fact that Nunes' memo was written - much less released - is hugely unprecedented. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: "what is he hiding?" he said.

Brand was next in the line of succession to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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