Whatever the case, Trump, who declared last weekend that the GOP memo "totally vindicates" him, is losing support from his own party as he elevates the rhetoric against the FBI and DOJ, which are overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian Federation and Trump's actions before and after he became president. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: "what is he hiding?" he said. The president said the Democrats knew, because of the sensitivity of the information they included in their memo, that it would need to be heavily redacted.
The previously released Republican text alleges anti-Trump bias in the Russian Federation probe.
President Trump's refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats' memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people.
The Democratic memo reportedly rebuts claims in the GOP document that investigators misled a judge when seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
The White House authorized the declassification of the Republican memo. "This is hypocrisy at its worst", Feinstein said.
"I've read both memos", Amash tweeted. Schiff and other Democrats say the Republicans are trying to undermine the Mueller inquiry.
Trump released the memo anyway.
The letter from White House counsel Donald McGahn encouraged the HIC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to revise the memo to mitigate risks to national security, then send it back to the White House to be assessed again. The Democratic memo is expected to elaborate on these points. But were it possible to elevate the argument out of the political storm, his argument could also have the merit of being partly true.
In a House hearing this week, Texas Republican Rep. The main allegation was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department didn't tell the court enough about Steele's anti-Trump bias or that his work was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
A devaluing effect on Dems' memo? The Russia investigation has blown all of that up. Moreover, critics say, he has repeatedly abused his powers to try to kill the probe, including by firing FBI Director James Comey and by heaping pressure on the FBI and Justice Department. Rosenstein is now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any connection between Russians and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contrasting Trump's blocking of their memo to the go-ahead given to the Republican memo last week and commenting, "The President's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling".
The President was speaking with journalists at the White House when he was asked whether his administration planned on releasing the Democrats official response to Rep. Devin Nunes' explosive four-page document. Republicans say Democrats are out to bring the president down.