Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Dems push for release of their counter-memo on Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dems push for release of their counter-memo on Federal Bureau of Investigation Dems push for release of their counter-memo on Federal Bureau of Investigation
Patty Aguilar | 06 February, 2018, 17:06

Adam Schiff, a Southern California Democrat who serves as his party's ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

Democrats also hope to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice examine their memo first before its release to ensure nothing too compromising is within it, something that Republicans didn't bother with in releasing their memo.

Several high-ranking Republicans, along with House speaker Paul D. Ryan, have said they favor releasing the Democratic memo, as long as it has been redacted to remove any sensitive national security information.

Democrats say their memo will show the GOP document to be misleading, factually inaccurate, and meant to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and links between the Trump team and the Kremlin. Democrats stoutly resisted the memo´s release, saying it was misleading, and possibly meant to lay the groundwork for President Donald Trump to fire senior officials and subvert the Russian Federation meddling investigation led by Robert Mueller.

Since the release of the memo, Schiff said key information is missing from the report written by House Republicans including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. I want him to finish it.

The 45th POTUS has made it a habit of failing to provide proof when accusing Democrats of wrongdoing.

But the memo also includes revelations that could complicate any attempt by Trump and his allies to undermine Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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"All I can say is that the first time anybody at the White House saw the memo was on Monday when it was delivered to the White House".

"The administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in reference to the Democrats' memo.

"We think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo", Schiff told reporters Monday night. Schiff and his minority say they prepared their secret rebuttal to fill in what they call these gaps.

Schiff is among the Democrats pushing for the release of a counter-memo.

In another tweet Monday, Trump praised Nunes for the memo, saying he "may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!"

If the president decides to block the document, the House of Representatives has the authority to override him in a closed-door vote.

The memo confirms the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign began in July 2016, months before the surveillance warrant was sought, and was "triggered" by information concerning campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

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