Trump won’t release memo because it refutes ‘claim of vindication’: Schiff | New York Post

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The top Democrat on a House panel said on Sunday that President Trump doesn’t want to release his party’s memo rebutting GOP claims about surveillance abuses by the FBI because it undercuts his “claim of vindication” in the Russian investigation.
“The president doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication,” Rep. Adam Schiff said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Schiff who has been feuding with Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, over the competing memos, said Trump is looking out for himself by blocking the Democrats’ version.
“This is a president who puts his own personal interests above the national security interest of the country,” the California lawmaker said.
The intent of the GOP memo is to cast doubt on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, he said.
Trump on Friday did not declassify the 10-page document written by Democrats on the panel that countered a memo drafted by Republicans and released the week before that alleged the FBI used contested information in a controversial dossier to convince a judge to sign off on spying on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Nunes, during an appearance on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” blamed Democrats for packing their memo full of “sources and methods”– critical information about how the committee recruits sources and uncovers information.
Trump told the Democrats they would need to work with the Department of Justice to redact “classified and especially sensitive passages” before the memo can be made public.
“If they really wanted to get it out they’d be down there all day yesterday redacting it and getting it back over to the White House so the public can know what’s in it,” Nunes said. “So this is nothing but politics.”
Earlier this month after he allowed the public release of the GOP memo, he wrote on Twitter that it “totally vindicates” him. 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 Share this:

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