White House seeks revisions to Dems' FISA rebuttal memo, halting release

Fox News | 2/9/2018 | Staff
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Washington continues to wait for the president to release the rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging bias in the FBI and DOJ; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for 'Special Report.'

The White House on Friday told Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee to redraft their rebuttal to a controversial GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign, saying sensitive details need to be stripped before it can be made public.

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The message was sent to the committee in a Friday letter from White House Counsel Don McGahn.

"Although the president is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time," McGahn wrote.

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"However, given the public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, the President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee, should the Committee wish to revise the February 5th Memorandum to mitigate the risks identified by the Department. The President encourages the Committee to undertake these efforts. The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the February 5th Memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity."

Earlier this week, the House Intelligence Committee had approved the release of the Democrats' memo, giving President Trump five days to consider whether he should block publication for national security reasons.

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The White House letter, for now, halts the release.

“The President’s double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement following the release of McGahn's letter. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that’s harmful to him. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?”

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