Trump is Expected to Support Release of Democrat-Authored Memo

February 06, 2018Feb 06, 2018

Reports are claiming that President Trump is likely to support the release of the Democratic memo, which tries to refute the GOP document that alleged an abuse of surveillance power by the Justice Department, according to The Hill.

The White House, according to The Hill, claims that the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican memo is likely to be returned to the committee this week for release to the public. Officials claim that the Democratic document will require some redactions before it can be released. 

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders remarked on Tuesday that the Deputy Attorney General met with Trump to discuss the primary differences between the two memos. However, he wouldn't say whether Trump was for or against releasing the Democratic document. 

'White House Chief of Staff John Kelly informed reporters that Trump will soon be briefed on the content of both documents on Tuesday, but then remarked that Trump hasn't fully read the document, in part because of its long length. 

On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Democratic memo, which totals about ten pages. It alleges that the GOP document released last week uses incomplete information and, in numerous cases, provides the misleading conclusion about the FBI's surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign advisers. It is unlikely that Trump will prevent it from being made public.

The Hill reports that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, breaking with many in his party, supports the release of a Democrat-drafted memo. This counter-memo will be intended to counteract the GOP memo that alleges surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice.

Paul Ryan and many Republicans say that the Democratic memo can and should be released, on the condition that it is scrubbed of all material revealing the methods of intelligence gatherings.

The Nunes memo, released by Republicans, alleges that the FBI failed to provide information to the FISA court when using the dossier to get a surveillance warrant for a Trump policy adviser. This includes the fact that the dossier was written by an ex-British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, who was bankrolled by the Democrats.

And what about the Schiff counter-memo, supported by Democrats? In short, this counter-memo alleges that the Nunes memo is merely an attempt to help the White House in the Russia investigation. It alleges that proper procedures were indeed followed in obtaining the FISA warrants.

"I think that what we see in the Republican memo is a terrible mischaracterization of the events. So, we sent out the proper events in their context in our own memoranda," Schiff told CNN. "Even when their memo is made public, we can point out, OK, this is wrong. And this is misleading. And this is distorting."

BBC points out that it will be very difficult — and politically disadvantageous — for Trump to prevent the release of the memo. 

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