Trump decision on releasing Dem memo coming 'soon'

Trump decision on releasing Dem memo coming 'soon'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE met with top law enforcement and legal officials on Friday ahead of a weekend deadline to release a classified Democratic memo that is meant to rebut a memo released last week by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

The president met Friday with FBI Director Christopher Wray and top officials from the Justice Department, as well as the White House general counsel’s office to discuss declassifying the Democratic counter-memo.


“The president is weighing his options and will respond soon,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.

The president met with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinHillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Rosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors MORE on Tuesday to “discuss some of the differences” with the GOP document, the White House said earlier this week.

The president has until Saturday to block publication of the 10-page document, which the House Intelligence Committee voted to make public on Monday.

The White House declassified the GOP’s memo last week, which alleged that officials at the FBI and DOJ had abused their powers to spy on a Trump campaign official by hiding from surveillance courts their reliance on the so-called “Steele dossier,” which was funded by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House protests extend into sixth day despite rain Clinton: US is 'losing friends and allies' under Trump Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide MORE’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The release of the GOP memo came over the objections of the FBI and the DOJ.

Democrats have said that the GOP memo is only the partial story and that their memo will prove that there were plenty of reasons to justify spying on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Furthermore, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Sunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Obama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, has said that claims that the FBI did not inform the surveillance court that the dossier was a political document “fails to provide vital context and information about that process.”

The president is expected to declassify Democratic counter-memo but he could still choose to redact portions of it or block the release entirely.