President Trump explains why he won't declassify Democrats' memo

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President Trump tweeted early Saturday, saying Democratic leadership on the House Intelligence Committee knew their memo would be heavily redacted, in the least. "The White House ignored their concerns and approved the publication of the Republican memo with no redactions even though the action was described by the agencies as extraordinarily reckless and omitting material facts", he said.

On Friday, Trump refused to declassify the Democratic document. "President Trump clearly doesn't want Americans to have access to the truth", Crowley said.

But, in an accompanying statement, Schiff said he will be "reviewing the recommended redactions".

Trump released the memo anyway.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington.

"Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time", wrote White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

The letter from McGahn said that Democrats could try to rewrite the memo, and go through the same submission process, followed by another review by the White House. But were it possible to elevate the argument out of the political storm, his argument could also have the merit of being partly true.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the intelligence panel, said if Democrats were intent on making important information public, they should get to work.

In a House hearing this week, Texas Republican Rep.

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When it was confronted with a decision about whether to release that memo, it did so over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Trump repeatedly has denied any such collusion.

The memo alleges that Steele harbored anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations that were not included in the FISA application, and that senior Justice Department officials knew about Steele's anti-Trump bias.

"We hope this matter can be quickly resolved so the committee can return to its charge - fully investigating the Russian interference in our election and the role of the Trump campaign, and what steps need to be taken to protect against foreign interference in the next election, now only months away", Trump said. "Why won't the President put our country before his personal and political interests?" the California Democrat said.

By then, the whirlwind news cycle will have rolled on and the Republican version of the Page episode will have been touted by pro-Trump media for days, solidifying conservative opinion.

Trump tweeted his thoughts amid the controversies over the partisan battles in the House probe of Russian election meddling and the recent resignations of the White House staff secretary and a Council on Environmental Quality speech writer because of sexual misconduct claims.

A seperate memo, authored by Republicans on the House committee was approved for release by the White House on February 2, after having gone through the same security process.

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