Rep. Pete King said Thursday he hopes President Donald Trump will be able to release a Democratic memo on the FBI's surveillance practices, as he wants people to be able to compare it with the GOP memo released last weekend.
The White House letter said Justice Department officials will be available to help "should the committee wish to revise the February 5th memorandum to mitigate the risks identified by the department". "After promising to treat the Democratic response in precisely the same way, the White House now seeks to have the Democratic memo sent back to committee and revised by the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes document to begin with".
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had initially opposed the release of the Democratic memo, even as they voted to release the Republican-crafted memo.
The most obvious one is that the committee members frequently attack each other over the investigation. District 21 and the citizens of the North Country deserve better. Trump has said the memo "totally vindicates" him of any wrongdoing in the probe.
Former FBI official Dan Bongino suggested Democrats are laying a trap for the president. But Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, declined to say whether the president meant to handle the matter the same way he did the Republican memo.
Namely, the memo revealed that Page, a USA citizen, was monitored for almost a year after a judge four times over found probable cause that he likely was acting as an agent of a foreign power.
With the memo on his desk, Trump has five days to review the request for its release.
Trump and his aides are in the process of discussing whether the Democratic rebuttal needs to be redacted over national security concerns, the source added.
"Adam Schiff's comments about redactions recognize the fact that the Democrat memo was hastily put together and has a number of areas that must be addressed before it's released to the public", Mr. Meadows said.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign using hacking and propaganda, an effort that eventually included attempting to tilt the race in Trump's favour.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), who is leading the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation, made a similar accusation on Tuesday. They contended that the FBI had "scrubbed" their memo, though FBI Director Christopher Wray vocally opposed the release of the Nunes memo.
"Part of what they are going to do is to talk about how the White House redacted their memo and didn't redact the Republican one", one Republican lawmaker told the Examiner. The memo says that the application for the warrant referenced a September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article as evidence, despite the article using information that Steele himself leaked.
It is too bad there has to be such partisan bickering concerning the memo, because the allegations are extremely serious and need to be investigated because they show possible political bias by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.