The House Intelligence Committee voted on Tuesday to release a Democratic rebuttal memo of a controversial Nunes memo that was leaked on Friday by Republicans in the committee and approved by President Trump.
The Democrat memo awaits President Trump’s final approval before its possible release to the public.
The controversial Nunes memo on Friday raises questions about the methods the U.S. intelligence community used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign official during the 2016 presidential election season.
Following the release of the leaked Nunes memo on February 3rd, President Trump took a victory lap, referred to himself in third person, and concluded on Twitter that the memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe.
He also called the investigation a “Russian Witch Hunt” and denied there was collusion or obstruction.
“But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” Trump tweeted.
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
During a White House press gaggle on Tuesday, Principle Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said that if the Democrat memo is voted out and it comes to the White House, “we will consider it along the same terms that we considered the Nunes memo- which is to allow for a legal review; national security review, led by the White House Counsel’s Office, and then, within five days, the President will make a decision about declassifying it.”
Asked by a reporter about the fact that President Trump seemed willing to release the Nunes memo before he had even read it and whether he holds the same attitude towards the Democratic memo, Principle Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said he won’t characterize his feeling but just walk you through the process that they will be considering it just as they did with the Nunes memo.
Principle Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that “there’s no consideration about any personnel moves at the Department of Justice” which comes amid concerns that President Trump may soon move to fire him.
On Tuesday, President Trump criticized one of the leading ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Intelligence, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff.
Taking to Twitter, President Trump called him “Little Adam Schiff” and stated that he “is one of the biggest leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan, and Clapper!”
“Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!” Trump tweeted.
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
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