Rep. Adam Schiff announced Democrats will not honor President Trump’s request to revise their rebuttal to a GOP memo accusing the Justice Department and FBI of surveillance abuses.
“We’re not going to make any revisions to it. The only question is what redactions will be made. And obviously we’d like to keep those to a minimum,” the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.
I asked Schiff if FBI wants significant changes to his memo. He says: “We’re not going to make any revisions to it. The only question is what redactions will be made, and obviously we’d like to keep those to a minimum.” https://t.co/NVHlpcyr9g
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 14, 2018
“The White House has a different interest. I think their interest is in redacting anything that doesn’t reflect well on the White House,” Schiff said.
Trump requested Schiff redact “sources and methods” from his memo before Trump will release it. Thus far, zero effort from Schiff or any other Democrat to do so.
Like #DACA, Democrats have no desire or plan to fix anything – they just want a talking point.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) February 12, 2018
Citing concerns” for “national security and law enforcement interests,” the White House requested the Intelligence Committee revise and resubmit the document after Trump blocked its release last week. The counter-memo followed the release of a four-page Republican document spear-headed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes which alleged that Obama-era administration officials used an unverified dossier to spy on the Trump campaign.
Trump characterized the Democrat memo as a political trap, tweeting that they “sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency.”
The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
But rather than remove the sensitive information contained within the memo, Democrats continued their narrative of accusing the White House of trying to cover up.
“The president doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
The hypocrisy of President Trump’s decision to block release of the Democratic memo reaches out and grabs you by the throat. This is a president who puts his own personal interest above all else. pic.twitter.com/NWE1amztsW
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 11, 2018
“This is a president who puts his own personal interests above the national security interest of the country,” the California Democrat spewed.
The memo wars continued as Schiff then tweeted about a request he made to Trump with Sen. Tim Kaine last year about “the legal justification for the strike in Syria in April 2017,” to which he claimed the president never responded. Schiff announced there was a memo explaining that legal basis and that the “American people deserve to see it.”
Now we’ve learned there’s a memo explaining legal basis. The Congress and American people deserve to see it.https://t.co/cIBM2yT4B2
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 13, 2018
Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and the Foreign Relations committees, demanded the release of the secret Trump war powers memo that would give the reasons behind the president’s decision to order U.S. bombing in Syria last April following President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks on his own citizens.
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