Trump to Democrats: 'No memo for you!'


President Trump is accusing Democrats who are pushing for the release of an intelligence memo of sending him a document loaded with classified information that they knew he'd have to send back for edits - a move he says is all about scoring political points after he signed off on a similar Republican memo earlier this month.

The letter notes that due to the "public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances", justice department officials would be made available to offer "technical assistance" to edit the memo for potential release.

But concerns from the same agencies were cited by the White House to block the Democrats' memo that is likely to challenge the conveniently complimentary narrative in the Republican memo.

President Donald Trump accused House Intelligence Committee Democrats Saturday with crafting their rebuttal memo about FBI and Justice Department officials' actions early in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation in a way that would back his White House into a corner. They also noted that there was other evidence presented to the court besides Steele's information, though they have not provided details.

The White House said they are blocking the release of a Democrat-crafted memo about the Federal Bureau of Investigation due to revisions that needed to be made before it can be declassified. Some Republicans have claimed the Democratic memo involved more substantial information about law enforcement sources and methods.

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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. The Nunes memo was released without redactions.

"Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?" Schumer also said in a statement.

The Democratic counter-memo deserves to be read by Americans, "once the necessary redactions have been made", says Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.

Democrats said that memo mischaracterised sensitive information and was meant to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between Mr Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation. Trump authorised its release anyway.

The Democrats slammed Trump for declining to give his consent to release the memo.

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President Trump has defied expectations in deciding not to release the Democratic response to the Devin Nunes memo alleging abuses of surveillance powers against Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser Carter Page. President Donald Trump then had five days to decide whether to release the 10-page document.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised Brand's "critical role in helping us accomplish our goals as a department". What we do know is that the White House didn't treat these memos the same, as it promised it would.

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Rosenstein met with Trump on Tuesday to talk about the countermemo and begin the declassification review.

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