House Intel Dems To Redact ‘Classified’ Material from Memo
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to redact parts of their memo about the FBI’s Russia investigation to ensure there is no harmful spilling of secrets, then again try to get President Trump to release it.
A White House aide said he’s confident it will be released once Democrats “clean it up.”
The WH Legislative Director, Marc Short said that Democrats padded their memo with sensitive information, knowing President Trump would stop its release, in an effort to make him look obstructionist.
“We’re not afraid of transparency,” Mr. Short said on TV Sunday, ”I think you’re going to see us release the memo.”
President Trump blocked the Democratic memo, which tries to counter the Republican allegations of surveillance excesses. The President has the authority to keep such information under wraps.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) Chairman of the intelligence panel, said if Democrats were intent on making important information public, they should get to work. “Their memo is sitting at the House Intelligence Committee down at the bottom of the Capitol waiting to be redacted.”
“If they really wanted to get it out, they’d be down there all day yesterday redacting it, getting it back over to the White House so that the public can know what’s in it.”
The memo alleges the FBI and Justice Department didn’t tell the court enough about Steele’s anti-Trump bias or that his work was partly paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Republicans argued that the reliance on Mr. Steele’s material politicized the government’s surveillance powers.
Democrats said that the GOP memo “cherry-picked” details. They noted federal law enforcement officials had informed the court about the political origins of Mr. Steele’s work, some of his information was corroborated by the FBI and other evidence was used to get the warrant.
The Democratic memo is thought to elaborate on those points.
Mr. Short said Democrats introduced political theater into the episode. “We believe that Congressman Schiff potentially put in there methods and sources that he knew would need to be redacted,” he said.
“And if we redacted it, then there would be an outcry that said the White House is trying to edit it. So we said take it back, work with the FBI, clean it up, and we’ll release it.”