The Intelligence Committee of the US House of Representatives voted unanimously on Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to a memo written by the panel's Republicans that accused FBI and Justice Department officials of bias against President Donald Trump in the Russian Federation investigation. "I don't need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page", he told Axios just ahead of his inauguration.
The memo is already available for all House members to view.
The release of the Republicans classified memo alleging wrongdoing by the Justice Department and the FBI in its investigation of a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump fell far short of the hype. They did it unanimously, which is more than the Democrats did for the GOP memo when they all voted against releasing it.
Nunes was asked during a January 29 committee meeting whether he had co-ordinated the memo with the White House.
One source close to the process noted that the Democratic memo, which is longer than its Republican counterpoint, may contain more information that law enforcement and intelligence agencies may seek to redact. But ultimately, this is going to come down to a vote. They declined to be named because the schedule is private.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Calif., center, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, walks back to the meeting room after speaking to members of the media, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
LUCAS: Well, it will follow the same process as the Republican memo. If he wants it released, it will be. If he objects, then the full House can vote to overrule that veto and make it public anyway, but, of course, that would require the support of a lot of Republican lawmakers.
Pat Walsh, of Catskill, called the original release of the Republicans' memo a risk to national security. The Republicans can have their talking points, and there is bias there obviously as well.
There is "no consideration about any personnel moves at the Department of Justice", he said aboard Air Force One.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says negotiations over a closed-door interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon have stalled, as the White House will only permit him to answer 14 pre-approved "yes" or "no" questions. How did this all go down today? He called Nunes a man of great courage.
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation as well as whether there have been efforts to obstruct the investigation.
The contents of the memo were declassified even after the objections of Democrats and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And, of course, that's what Democrats say, as well. Schiff and other Dems have said it's an effort to undermine the special investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
"It's the latest distraction concocted by Republicans to protect a president of their party from the conclusions from an independent - a truly independent investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday.
On Sunday, Schiff warned that Trump is trying to turn the Justice Department into a "personal political tool".
SHAPIRO: NPR's Ryan Lucas covering this memo-versus-memo debate.
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