Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Agree To Disagree: President Trump and the Memo

Agree To Disagree: President Trump and the Memo

The Democratic memo was compiled by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who said he also wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. intelligence community as well as the White House to vet its contents.

But Republican committee members said on Monday they were comfortable with releasing the Democratic document now that it had been reviewed by House members.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other leaders in the majority in Congress have said they thought Democrats' response should be released as Nunes' document was, so long as it also went through review and declassification.

The tweet came as the president continued to stew online about the investigation into Russian Federation meddling into the 2016 presidential election and whether the president or the people around him obstructed justice in that investigation.

Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested to anchor Jim Sciutto that Gen. John Kelly give Trump the childhood reprimand after the president tweeted that Schiff "must be stopped" from allegedly leaking information from sensitive committee hearings.

And Representative Will Hurd, a Republican on the intelligence committee, told ABC, "I want to stress Bob Mueller should be allowed to turn over every rock, pursue every lead so we can have trust knowing what Russian Federation did or didn´t do". Democrats say the document "cherry picks" and distorts what McCabe said. "I think it's very possible his staff worked with the White House".

Schiff has branded the GOP memo "a political hit job" and has questioned whether Nunes had coordinated with the White House in drafting the document seized on by the president to vent his grievances against the nation's premier law enforcement agencies.

Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means: The Washington swamp - the deep state - is bigger, more vicious and more unsafe to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined.

Trump tweeted about both Schiff and Nunes on Monday morning, slamming the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee and praising the Republican chairman, although he didn't address Schiff's memo specifically.

Under congressional rules, the president has five days to consider whether to block the memo's release.

Since Americans learned about President Trump's "executive time" - the reported hours per day in which he watches TV, tweets, and texts his friends - it's become another aspect of this presidency that borders upon parody.

"The goal here is to undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI, discredit the Mueller investigation, do the president's bidding", Schiff said. At the stage of the Union, Trump was already intent on releasing the memo. Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged the relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen.

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