White house revisions Dems’ FISA rebuttal memo seeks the containment of the release

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Washington continues to wait for the President to the release of the rebuttal of the Republican memo alleged bias of the FBI and DOJ; Catherine Herridge goes into the deep-for the ” Special report.’

The White house on Friday said Democrats on the house Intelligence Committee, a revision of your rebuttal to a controversial GOP memo alleged government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign, namely, sensitive data must be stripped before the document can be published.

The message was sent to the Committee on Friday in a letter from the White house Council Don McGahn.

“Although the President is inclined to declassify the 5. February Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains a number of correctly classified and sensitive passages that he does not do so at this time,” McGahn wrote.

“But given the public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, which was headed by the President, the justice Department staff will be available to revise technical assistance, to the Committee, the Committee will want the 5. February Memorandum to the mitigation of the risks identified by the pursued in the Department,” McGahn. “The President calls for the Committee to undertake these efforts. The Executive is prepared to review, subsequent draft of February 5. Memorandum for the cancellation of the security classification on the first opportunity.”

A letter, signed by the Deputy General Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray McGahn accompanied answer. In the accompanying letter, the two men pointed out, “a version of the document, identified, highlighted, text, information, publication, submit, would, on these concerns in the light of the longstanding principles relating to the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similar sensitive information.”

“We have further determined, in the red boxes, the subset of this information for national security or law enforcement concerns, are particularly important. Our investigation of the information communicated previously released by the President in a letter to HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes, dated 2 taken into account. February 2018.”

Earlier this week, the House Intelligence Committee, the approval of the Democrats approved the ” memo and give Trump five days to consider whether he should be blocked the publication of national security.

For the moment, to write to the White house to stop the release.

“The President is a double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in a statement after the release of McGahn’s letter. “The justification for the release of the Nunes memo, the transparency disappears when it might contain information that is harmful to him. Millions of Americans are asking a simple question: What is he hiding?”

Democrats were expected to try their memo, claimed to undermine the Republicans, the FBI and DOJ relied heavily on the anti-Trump dossier to a warrant to spy on a trombone — and omitted to assign important information about the document of the political financing. Democrats claim that the GOP memo was misleading.

“We think that this will help inform the public about the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, said Monday.

But it was expected that the Democrats ” memo may raise red flags during the observation period.

A source that read it, the FISA rebuttal memo Fox News said earlier this week that it is filled with sources and methods, taken from the original documents. The source argues that this was done in order to strategically force the White house to either deny the Version of the memo or largely blackened, so that the Democrats could be accused of to the White house redactions for political reasons.


South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a GOP member of the Committee, said in an interview this week on Fox News’ “The story with Martha MacCallum” Democrats “are politically wise enough to do the things in the memo” must be made unrecognizable.

“Therefore, it creates this belief that there is something hidden from the American people,” Gowdy said.

Last Friday, the Republicans on the intelligence committee, released their much-anticipated memo from the Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

He also said the FBI and DOJ “ignore or not” dossier-author with Christopher Steele’s “anti-Trump financial, and ideological motives” in the question of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to wiretap the former trump adviser to Carter page.

Democrats pushed back against these claims, and accuse Republicans of exaggerations.


Earlier this week, a newly published version of a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., appeared in support of key claims from the GOP memo.

The surveillance applications, they said in a criminal recommendation for Steele sent at the beginning of January to the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and Deputy General state attorney Rod Rosenstein, “relied heavily on Mr. Steeles dossier claims.”

They further stated that the application “discloses” funds from the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

The transfer also helped to explain a point of contention in the last days, according to Nunes admit appeared on “Fox & Friends” that the FBI has a “footnote” to the recognition, the political origins of the dossier. This admission is not helped, Democratic claims that the dossier was the political connection heats hidden from the surveillance court as alleged.

According to Grassley and Graham’s recommendation, the FBI, ” said a vague, limited in scope, the political origins of the dossier,” in a footnote said the information was compiled under the direction of a law firm ” they had hired a “U.S. person’ – today known as Glenn Simpson, the Fusion of GPS.” A later passage in the letter is blacked out. But she said the DNC and the Clinton campaign were not mentioned.

Republicans have seized on the Nunes-document, the accusations of widespread anti-Trump bias at the top of the FBI and DOJ, sparked investigations Trump campaign in relations with Russia during the elections.

The President has repeatedly said that there is “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia. The White house responded to the Republican memo last week saying that it “raises serious questions about the integrity of decisions and to use at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI, the government’s most Intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens.”

Fox News’ Judson Berger and John Roberts contributed to this report.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, DC she covers intelligence, the justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as the London correspondent.

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