The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat announced Wednesday that the committee had drafted a memo to counter the claims of Republicans on the panel that law enforcement officials are biased against the Trump administration.

Top Republicans on the committee, led by Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire GOP Rep. Kevin Brady won't seek reelection Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC MORE (Calif.), have sought the release of a classified memo compiled by Nunes's staff saying the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's wiretapping provisions. 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.), the panel's ranking member, said Democrats had to draft their own memo "setting out the relevant facts and exposing the misleading character of the Republicans’ document" and to clear the air. 

Schiff said he and his colleagues on Monday "will move that this new memorandum be made available to the full House in our classified spaces."

He called the Republican memo "another effort to distract from the Russia probe and undermine the special counsel." 


Republicans have pushed for the four-page document's release to the public to prove the FBI has bias against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE, while Democrats have dismissed the memo as a conspiracy and an effort to distract from the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE

In his statement, Schiff mentioned an effort by conservative lawmakers to urge Trump to support the release of the "spin memo" on Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to badger the committee to release it. 

"With this latest gambit, the majority seeks to selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information in an effort to protect the President at any cost," Schiff said.

Updated: 5:39 p.m.