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US House committee unanimously votes to release Democratic memo

US House committee unanimously votes to release Democratic memo”

He has been subpoenaed and has now delayed answering the panel's questions three times as the committee negotiates with his lawyer and the White House over the terms of his interview. Republican members assured the press last month that the memo exposed crimes worse than Watergate.

"Now that the House intelligence committee has acted, the president should move quickly", Schumer said.

NPR's Ryan Lucas has been following all the twists and turns of this story and is back here in the studio with the latest.

LUCAS: Well, the Democratic memo is basically their detailed response to the Republican one that you mentioned was released last week.

After more than a week of finger-pointing between Republicans and Democrats over the propriety of the so-called Nunes memo, law enforcement veterans are increasingly concerned that the dispute is undermining public confidence in the Justice Department as an independent, non-partisan law enforcement body. But he also expressed concern about "political redactions" the White House might make before the document is released.

SHAPIRO: And what happens from there?

Trump has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo's publication. He could also leave it in a classified state but not object to its release, a step that would bind Democrats' hands somewhat in being able to discuss its contents but still make it available to the public.

The Democratic rebuttal to a highly publicized GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse is filled with sensitive details, a source told Fox News - claiming this was done intentionally to pressure the White House to either block the memo's release or significantly redact it. Sanders says Trump's legal and national security teams are reviewing the memo and will brief him on their findings once the review is concluded. Schiff has said he has given his memo to the Justice Department for review. So, I think they were compelled to take the action they did today.

"The Nunes memo is clearly an advocacy piece, in the sense that they assembled the facts that would be most helpful in making their case", Baker said. They haven't weighed in on it yet.

Following Monday's vote, a White House official said the Schiff memo will be "read and reviewed" in a five-day period.

The president's attorneys have already signed off on the notion of picking a special counsel to probe USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies' actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, Axios reported Monday, citing White House spokesman Raj Shah.

SHAPIRO: So if we're looking at a five-day countdown clock, this could be another Friday afternoon memo (laughter) release for the second week in a row.

President Donald Trump has five days to decide whether to release a Democratic memo countering Republicans' claim of misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department in the Russian Federation investigation, a week after he backed full disclosure of the GOP document. "We need to take a deep breath" Hayden said.

Republicans say a judge should have known that "political actors" were involved in allegations that led the Justice Department to believe Page might be an agent of a foreign power - an accusation he has consistently denied.

Schiff's tweet - which is still on Twitter but no longer in his feed - appears to be a "promoted tweet" - one that was paid for to be promoted.

Trump himself told the Washington Post that he has little time for reading and demands that any materials provided him be "short".

Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, packed so much half-truth and distortion into four short pages that it's hard to know where to begin. He called Nunes a man of great courage.

Faced with a sweeping investigation into whether his campaign worked with Russian officials to win the 2016 election, Trump has repeatedly claimed the agency's probe is a politically motivated "witch hunt".

"There is a Russian Federation investigation without a dossier", he said Sunday.

The post-Watergate environment also made it politically hard for the president to remove his attorney general and Federal Bureau of Investigation director, even though he has the power to do so, Nourse said.



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