(Burbank, CA) – Congressman Adam Schiff says President Trump doesn’t want to release for public view the “underlying facts” in the Democratic counter-memo because it undercuts his claims of vindication in the Russia probe. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the California Democrat says, “The President doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication.” FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court application used to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He says he will work with the FBI to redact necessary information from the Democratic memo, which rebuts a document drafted by staff of the panel’s Republican chairman, fellow California Congressman Devin Nunes.
The White House late last week blocked the release of the Democrats’ memo after previously allowing the Nunes memo, which alleged surveillance abuses at the Justice Department, be made public. Schiff is accusing Trump of furthering his own interests by blocking the counter memo saying, “This is a President who puts his own personal interests above the national security interest of the country.”
(Washington, DC) – President Trump is detailing why he chose not to authorize the release of the Democratic memo on the Russia investigation. On Twitter this morning, Trump said the Democrats submitted “a very political and long response memo which they knew would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency.”
The President added he told them to re-do the memo and send it back in proper form.
The document is a response to a Republican memo released last week that alleged that biased members of the FBI helped secure a surveillance warrant against a former Trump campaign adviser.
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Friday to send the memo to the White House, with the aim of having it released to the public. Democratic members of the committee claimed the GOP memo gave an incomplete picture of the investigation into alleged Russian influence on the Trump campaign.
(West Palm Beach, FL) –As expected, the release of a controversial GOP memo on the Russia investigation has Washington abuzz. California Republican Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is defending the release saying he had an obligation to reveal what he called surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department.
The formerly classified memo was released by the House intel panel after being cleared by President Trump yesterday. Nunes, in an appearance on Fox, said the intel panel will next start investigating some of the behavior at the State Department during the presidential campaign. Democrats say the memo is a political ploy by Republicans to mislead the American people.
President Trump says the memo from the House Intelligence Committee “totally vindicates” him in the Russian probe. In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump added, “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”
He also called the investigation “an American disgrace!” The President is spending the weekend in South Florida .