Schiff refuses to revise Dem memo, but demands Trump release secret war memo instead

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.

“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.

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.”

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.

“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.”

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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