Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo

In the Russia probe what if no one is guilty

In the Russia probe what if no one is guilty

Schiff's memo rebuts allegations in another memo from the committee's Republicans that accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation suppressing Democratic ties to an opposition research dossier on Trump and Russian Federation used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

So, should the Democratic memo be released?

That possible nudge toward progress came as both sides traded steamy recriminations over the matter.

White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that the memo contains "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and asked the Democrats to revise the memo with the help of the Justice Department.

The president had until Saturday to decide whether to allow the classified material to become public after the House intelligence committee voted Monday to release it.

"The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency". "We think it's ridiculous on the face of it".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley accused the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, of making a "tired and baseless" claim that Grassley was trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has blasted the Republican memo as a deliberate effort at undermining special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.


Republicans accused Democrats on Sunday of attempting to score cheap political points by intentionally including information compromising to the intelligence community in their memo rebutting charges of misconduct.

"Their goal here is to put the FBI on trial, to put Bob Mueller's investigation on trial, and the president is only too happy to accommodate", Schiff said. The FBI has said, put together by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, omits key information that could impact its veracity. "If they really wanted to get it out, they'd be down there all day yesterday redacting it, getting it back over to the White House so that the public can know what's in it".

Trump declassified the GOP memo, he added, because it didn't release sources and methods, while the Democratic memo "does not keep American lives safe". Ryan also said he thought the Democratic document should be released. But congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep Trey Gowdy of SC, who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel. "So we've said take it back, work with the, clean it up and we'll release it".