Prez Trump blocks release of memo on Russian probe

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The White House says President Donald Trump has blocked the release of a memo drafted by Democrats that countered allegations by Republicans of abuse of powers related to the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

After the House Intelligence Committee voted last week to release a Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured us that the White House would be evenhanded.

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the 10-page document drafted by the panel's Democrats, contingent on the Republican President agreeing to reclassify it.

Trump on Friday blocked the release of the memo, which seeks to respond to a Republican memo that Trump allowed to be released.

He has also reportedly been seeking ways to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the only person empowered to dismiss the man undertaking the investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller - and hence derail, or seriously impede, the probe.

"If he redacts it or doesn't release it, 'Oh, he's not for transparency, '" Mr. Jordan said.

"When it comes to a memo that bolsters the credibility of our investigation and the intelligence community... well then, things are a little bit different", Quigley wrote on Twitter. McGahn referred the committee to a separate document - not released publicly - in which Wray and Rosenstein were said to provide details to the committee about those concerns. "What does the President have to hide?"

"Unlike the Republicans we gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice our memo even before we took it up into committee and invited their feedback as to any concerns over sources and methods", Schiff continued.

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Short said the President believes Schiff "intentionally put in there methods and sources he knew would need to be redacted" so there would be "an outcry that the White House is trying to edit it".

The Republican memo says the application improperly used information from a dossier compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, and was partially funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The FBI had previously issued a highly unusual warning against releasing the memo from Republican Nunes, saying it could jeopardize USA intelligence collection methods.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking member, fired back at Trump's claim that the Democratic memo was all about politics.

Instead of the promised hacking tools, the Russian attempted to push compromising information on Trump, and the Americans cut the deal short and told him to go back to Russia and never return.

Presidential lawyer Donald F. McGhan II says the second memo "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and should be revised.

Mueller took over the investigation from the FBI.

The White House message caps off a week in which Republicans and Democrats on the committee have publicly fought, with the panel now erecting a wall to separate feuding Republican and Democratic staffers who had long sat side by side.

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