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Schumer urges Trump to back release of Dem memo

06 February 2018

Democrats have dismissed the memo as a "profoundly misleading" Republican document that's meant to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by targeting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who stepped down earlier this week.

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President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to claim the infamous Nunes memo "totally vindicates" him in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump went on offence on Monday, making unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Schiff, Democratic Senator Mark Warner, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper - all of whom have publicly criticised the Nunes memo.

Speaking on the CBS programme "Face the Nation," Gowdy said he believed the Republican memo showed sloppiness by investigators in the handling of an application to the top secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.

"So, there's going to be a Russian Federation probe, even without a dossier", Gowdy said. The president, said to dislike Rosenstein, could fire and replace him with someone who could close or cripple the inquiry. Nothing in the highly anticipated memo from the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee impugns the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chuck Schumer said it was an issue of "fairness" that Trump release the Democrat's memo How have Republicans responded? Democrats, meanwhile, have slammed the memo as an inaccurate and misleading portrait meant to undermine Mueller's probe and disputed what the memo concluded about McCabe's testimony on the dossier as the basis for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

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"The memorandum raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

After Monday's Intelligence Committee vote on the Democratic memo, the president must decide whether to release it, make redactions, or block it, a decision that's supposed to be made on national security grounds.

"I think it's very possible his staff worked with the White House and coordinated the whole effort with the White House", Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.

On Friday, February 2, Donald Trump declassified a four-page memo, which was written by aides and Devin Nunes, the "chairman of the House intelligence committee, a staunch defender of Donald Trump and a member of his transition team" (The Guardian). "They ask questions", Olsen said.

Last week Trump was reported to have told friends in phone calls that the release of the memo would allow him to argue Mueller's investigation and those in Congress are biased against him. Nancy Gilmore, a Clovis activist, came out to show her support for Andrew Janz, a prosecutor in the Fresno County District Attorney's Office who is running against Nunes as a Democrat in this year's election.

According to lawmakers who have read the Democratic memo, it's about 11 pages long and has annotations and explanatory notes.

"I think he would redact (the Democratic document) in a fit of hypocrisy", Quigley said in a phone interview.

Schumer urges Trump to back release of Dem memo