Trump delayed the release of the Democratic memo that's meant as a rebuttal to the controversial Republican document.

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Trump blocks release of Democrats’ counter-memo

Democrats called the move a ‘double standard.’


Kris Seavers


President Donald Trump delayed on Friday the release of a Democratic memo that’s meant as a rebuttal to the controversial FISA memo that was released by Republicans last week.

In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, White House counsel Don McGahn said even though Trump is “inclined” to declassify the Democratic memo, “because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time.”

The Republican memo, written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), accuses the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of omitting that a dossier of alleged Trump-Russia contacts was paid for in part by the Democratic National Committee. The so-called Steele dossier was used when the FBI and DOJ obtained a warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The White House declassified the GOP memo—which is essentially Nunes’ interpretation of still-classified documents—despite objections from the FBI and the DOJ.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wrote the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo, and the House Intelligence Committee voted in favor of its release on Monday. Schiff said his memo “will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies” in the GOP memo.

Democrats reportedly saw Trump’s move to stall the release of the Democratic memo as a “double standard.”

“The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that’s harmful to him,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Grassley (D-N.Y.) said. “Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?”

Update 9:25am CT, Feb 10Here’s how Trump responded Saturday morning on Twitter.

H/T the Hill

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