Schiff hits back at Trump: What you call 'political' are actually called facts

Schiff hits back at Trump: What you call 'political' are actually called facts
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Memo: Trump’s troubles pile higher Hopes fade for bipartisan bills in age of confrontation Dems zero in on Trump and Russia MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE after the president defended his decision to block the release of a memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

"Mr. President, what you call 'political' are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn’t decided to release the GOP memo ('100%') before reading it and over the objections of the FBI," tweeted Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee.

His tweet came after Trump asserted earlier in the day that Democrats "knew" their memo would have to be heavily redacted due to its sources and methods.

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"The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency," Trump tweeted.

"Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"

The White House announced Friday that Trump was not ready to approve the release of the Democratic memo, which is aimed at rebutting a document he declassified last week that was authored by Republicans on the Intelligence Committee.

The GOP memo alleges that senior FBI and Justice Department officials improperly secured warrants to surveil a former adviser to Trump's campaign. Trump has claimed the memo "totally vindicates" himself in the ongoing Russia probe.