The Trump administration has declined to release the Democrats’ response to the Nunes memo on FISA surveillance conducted on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Democrats’ memo was sent back to the House Intelligence Committee, as the White House explained, due to “significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests.” The February 5th memo, drafted by the top ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, was passed unanimously through committee to send to the president’s desk.
More details on the president’s decision were reported by Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.
“It says consistent with the review of previous memorandum, meaning the G.O.P. one,” MacCallum reported, “the president asked the office of Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice to assess the declassification process and request rather than provide him recommendations.”
“The department has identified portions of the February 5th memorandum,” MacCallum continued. “The disclosure of which is [President Trump] believes it would create specially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests. The enclosed letter from the deputy attorney general and the department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation explain these determines in greater details.”
“Although the president is inclined to declassify this February 5 memo, because it contains numerous properly classified and insensitive passages he is unable to do so at this time,” MacCallum reported, citing the memo.
Did the Democrats specifically include highly classified “poison pill” information that would prevent the president from releasing the memo? Or does the White House truly have something to hide when it comes to releasing more information on the FISA surveillance?
It’s up to the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to clarify this issue, so that the American people can get the information required to make an informed assessment of how the FISA courts may have been abused during the 2016 election.
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