Trump decision on releasing Dem memo coming ‘soon’
President Trump 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 Rosenstein 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 Clinton’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 Schiff (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.
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