Democrats are on the verge of getting their own memo out. Should President Trump keep his guard up?
On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted to release Democrats’ 10-page counter-document to last week’s highly-publicized memo alleging FISA abuse by the FBI. A source told Fox News the Democrats’ memo is filled with sensitive details.
“We think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking member, said of the rebuttal memo.
Following approval by the committee, President Trump has several days to decide whether to allow the document’s declassification or block it. The president may also choose to redact portions of the memo that would pose a national security risk if made public.
Schiff said Democrats want to ensure the White House “does not redact our memo for political purposes,” Fox News reported.
The source who spoke with the network read the memo and said it contains sources and methods from original documents, a move intended to put President Trump on the spot.
Schiff’s insistence that the Democrats’ memo not be redacted is meant to set the president up for accusations of concealing the truth should he redact sensitive information for national security reasons, the source claimed.
The Democratic lawmaker said the FBI and Department of Justice have seen the memo and were asked what redactions they recommended.
Former FBI official Dan Bongino fired off on Twitter about the revelation:
The White House has said it’s open to releasing the new memo.
“The White House has received a memorandum from the minority members of the House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “As stated many times, the Administration will follow the same process and procedure with this memorandum from the minority as it did last week, when it received the memorandum from the majority.”
The FISA memo declassified on Friday revealed that the FBI would not have gotten a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page without the Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
Are Democrats trying to pull a fast one on the president?