Trump likely to approve release of Dem memo: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE is likely to approve the release of a Democratic memo rebutting a GOP document that alleged abuse of surveillance power at the Justice Department, according to a new report.

White House officials told The Associated Press that the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican memo is likely to be returned to the committee this week for its release.

The officials also told the AP that the Democratic document is likely to require some redactions before its release.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRepublicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE met with Trump to discuss the differences between the Democratic and Republican memos, but wouldn’t say if Trump was for or against releasing the Democratic document.

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE told reporters that Trump will be briefed on the contents of the documents Tuesday, but that Trump hasn’t read the full document because “it’s pretty lengthy.”

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release the Democratic memo.

The Democrats’ 10-page document alleges that the GOP memo used incomplete information to make misleading conclusions about the FBI’s application for a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Trump has until Friday to block the release of the document, which is still classified.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he’s concerned the White House will make “political redactions” to the Democratic memo before its release.

"That is, not redactions that protect sources or methods, which we've asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to do, but redactions to remove information they think is unfavorable to the president," Schiff said on CNN. "That could be a real problem and that's our main concern at this point."

The decision comes after Trump approved the release of the Republican memo, authored by staff members of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesVoters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (R-Calif.), last week.