Trump decision on releasing Dem memo coming 'soon'

Trump decision on releasing Dem memo coming 'soon'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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 RosensteinOvernight Cybersecurity: Lawyer charged in Mueller probe pleads guilty to lying | Sessions launches cyber task force | White House tallies economic impact of cyber crime Sessions creates cyber task force to study election interference Dopey Russian ads didn't swing voters — federal coverups did 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 ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map 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 SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: ‘I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him’ Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' 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.