President Trump Blocks Release of Dems FISA Memo
Friday, US President Donald Trump returned to the House Intelligence Committee the Democratic response to the Republican memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department for revisions — citing concerns about classified information contained in the 10-page document.
White House counsel Don McGahn outlined the president’s concerns in a letter sent along with the memo to the panel’s Chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California.
The Democratic response was overseen by ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
“Although the president is inclined to declassify the February 5 memo, because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” Mr. McGahn said in the letter.
“However, given the public interest and transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, the President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the committee.”
Mr. McGahn’s letter included a document from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, raising concerns about passages in the Democratic response that involved “longstanding principles regarding the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similarly sensitive information.”
Former British MI-6 Spy, and extreme anti-Trumpite Christopher Steele referred to US Department of Justice for criminal investigation.
The Justice Department has not commented on the criminal referral.
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