Lewandowski: Dems Created 'Partisan Issue' With Nunes Memo Rebuttal

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"We will be reviewing the recommended act redactions from DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation, which those agencies shared with the White House and look forward to conferring with the agencies to determine how we can properly inform the American people about the misleading attack on law enforcement by the GOP and address any concerns over sources and memos", Schiff said in a statement.

White House counsel Don McGahn said the Justice Department had identified portions of the 10-page memo written by Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee that "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests of the country". "As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

What changed was that one memo affirmed what Trump already believed. Rosenstein is now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any connection between Russians and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Despite the GOP memo being discredited by almost every lawyer and expert who read through it as a blatant, politically-motivated attempt to misrepresent the Russian Federation probe as a witch hunt, Trump tried to defend his decision to not release the Democratic rebuttal on grounds of it being too political.

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Schiff and other Democrats charge that the Republican memo led by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California is misleading and omits key facts, including that the FISA application did state that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was paid by a political entity.

Late Friday, he vetoed the release of the Democratic memo, sending it back to the Intelligence Committee for revisions.

The memo alleges that Steele harbored anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations that were not included in the FISA application, and that senior Justice Department officials knew about Steele's anti-Trump bias.

But the deeper question - one that has huge implications for the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - is whether Trump is using his power to thwart any attempt by Congress to hold him accountable.

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That would require a vote of the full House after a rare debate in closed session for the full chamber.

D-Calif., said Trump's refusal to release the Democrats' memo indicates he "has something to hide". Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.

The Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Trump for a double standard in dealing with the two documents but said he would work on redactions to get it released.

It is also a step further down the road of politicizing and weaponizing intelligence information.

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"It's going to be released soon", Trump said.

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