The controversial Republican memo, which was written by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, portrayed the Russian Federation investigation as a product of political bias at the FBI and Justice Department against Trump. She said in a statement that his decision was "part of a unsafe and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president".
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation to ensure there's no harmful spilling of secrets, then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it come out. After the House Intelligence Committee voted on a Monday to make that document public, Trump authorized its release swiftly on a Friday afternoon.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, had said earlier in the week that he feared Trump would play politics with the dueling memos. The very fact that Nunes' memo was written - much less released - is hugely unprecedented.
According to White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, the president consulted the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department to "assess the declassification request and provide him recommendations".
"If President Trump has nothing to hide, he should release the Democratic memo". The White House said the Democrats' response had too much secret information.
Pelosi called Trump's refusal to release the memo "a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people".
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct.
"Donald Trump's double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
Trump declassified the GOP memo over the objections of Rosenstein and Wray.
"If the president really believes the Nunes memo vindicates him, as he has said, what is he hiding by blocking the Schiff memo?"
What appears obvious is the chair of the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, cherry-picked selective classified intelligence information to demean the work of our intelligence people in a manner meant to undercut the Mueller investigation. But it's hard to avoid the hypocrisy here of a White House that is now sending this memo back to the same committee that produced the flawed Nunes this memo.
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously earlier in the week to release a memo drafted by Democrats to rebut the Republican document that Trump had declassified a week earlier.
"This memo contains a large volume of classified information, including some touching on sources and methods heightening the potential damage to national security", Nunes said.