White House did not deny release of Democrats' memo: Rep. Nunes

Adam Schiff

And those same agencies had no choice but to ask the House Intelligence Committee to redact sensitive and classified passages. She said in a statement that his decision was "part of a risky and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".

"Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!" he wrote.

McGahn wrote that portions of the Democratic memo would create "significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests", concerns which Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised in a separate letter.

Trump also seized on revelations in the Nunes memo that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved a warrant application for surveillance on Page, raising the specter that the president could fire him, triggering a potential crisis in who would oversee Mueller's investigation. The Democrats, led by Schiff, would need the support of Republicans, who control the committee, to force a House vote on the matter.

Mr Trump allowed the release of the Republican memo on February 2, escalating a campaign against current and former senior law enforcement officials.

The President's gambit is possible because the public has yet to see the details in the Democratic memo and so can not judge his motives.

In response, a memo was prepared by Democrats that reportedly contests and further details the claims made by Republicans. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: "what is he hiding?" he said.

Trump wrote on Twitter after the release that the memo "totally vindicates" him in the ongoing investigation into his campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation.

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"Blocking its release, and not the Republican one, is clearly a partisan move to muddy the facts, deceive the American public, and distract from Special Counsel Mueller's Russian Federation investigation", said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump's objection puts the committee in uncharted waters, as the committee used an obscure rule that had never been invoked before to vote to release both memos.

"It sounds like there are some members in the House that have some real concern with what's in that memo, and feel very strongly that the American public should be privy to see it", Sanders said at the time.

It was not immediately clear what recourse Democrats might seek against the president's decision to hold up the release of their memo.

"This is an American disgrace!" the president tweeted February 3, one day after the Nunes memo was released.

What appears obvious is the chair of the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, cherry-picked selective classified intelligence information to demean the work of our intelligence people in a manner meant to undercut the Mueller investigation.

The president as you well know and as the nation has learned declined to release the memo that you and the staff of the House Intelligence Committee on the Democratic side drafted. "Their memo is sitting at the House Intelligence Committee down at the bottom of the Capitol waiting to be redacted", the California Republican told Fox News.

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