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Posted on:    10 Feb, 2018       Views:  629

Donald Trump won't declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

Citing national security in US concerns, the White House on Friday in this week formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Trump is "unable" to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government of US surveillance powers in the FBI's Russia probe in world level. White House of US counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that the memo contains "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and asked the intelligence panel to revise the memo with the help of the Justice Department of White house. He said Donald is still "inclined" to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made.

Donald Trump won’t declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

The Trump's rejection of the Democratic memo is in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document of ... , which he pledged before reading to make peoples. The president declassified the document last week and trump, allowing its publication in full over the objections of the Justice Department.


The top Democrat on the intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Trump for treating the 2 documents differently, saying the president is now seeking revisions by the same committee that produced the original Republican memo. Still, Schiff said, Democrats "look forward to conferring with the agencies to determine how we can properly inform the American peoples about the misleading attack on law enforcement by the GOP."

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was less measured, saying the White House move is "part of a dangerous and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president Donald trump." California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has read the classified information both memos are based on, tweeted that  Donald Trump's blocking the memo is "hypocrisy at its worst."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who produced the GOP memo, encouraged Democrats to accept the Justice Department's recommendations and "make the appropriate technical changes and redactions."


Donald Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him in the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. But congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.

Earlier Friday, White House spokesman Raj Shah had  Donald Trump was discussing the Democratic document with the White House of US counsel's office, FBI Director Christopher Wray and another top Justice Department official.

The president  Donald Trump had until Saturday to decide whether to allow the classified material to become public after the House intelligence committee voted Monday to release it publications. Republicans backed releasing the memo in committee with a unanimous vote, but several said they thought it should be redacted. Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released.

Donald Trump won’t declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

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