President Donald Trump has accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russian Federation probe is a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency".
President Donald Trump is explaining his decision not to declassify a Democratic memo, saying the document is "very political" and needs heavy redactions.
Critics say Trump is withholding the memo because it would discredit his assertion that intelligence community has a bias toward him.
Schiff said Democrats showed the memo to the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and asked for their feedback before bringing it to the intelligence panel, and did not hear complaints about inaccuracy.
"However, given the public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, the President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee, should the Committee wish to revise the February 5th Memorandum to mitigate the risks identified by the Department", McGahn wrote.
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In a statement Friday, Feinstein, a Democrat from California, called the Republicans' memo "misleading" and said she had read the underlying intelligence documents on which both memos were based.
Feinstein's statement Friday also said any changes that need to be made for the Schiff memo to be declassified should be made swiftly and the memo "should be released". "We will redact it to make sure that we're very protective of sources and methods", Schiff said.
Democrats charge that the Republican memo contains cherry-picked information and distorts the facts.
"If Schiff (or anyone else) is going to claim that it is Grassley's intent to undermine the Mueller probe, they should back it up with actual evidence or retract it and apologize for questioning the motives of their colleagues without any basis whatsoever", Foy said.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has blasted the Republican memo as a deliberate effort at undermining special counsel Robert Mueller's probe..
Short, though, said Democrats also introduced political theatre into the episode. He then claimed that Democrats would in turn blame the White House "for lack of transparency". Asked if Democrats drafted a memo they knew would be blocked, Schiff said "of course not".