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The memo, which was prepared by Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser, was politically motivated and based on incorrect information. Democrats said the Republican memo mischaracterised highly sensitive classified information and was meant to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the White House said it could not release the Democrats' memo because the Justice Department "has identified portions.which it believes would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests". The memo, authored by Republican committee chairman Devin Nunes, is the equivalent of a partisan opinion piece.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the president "will respond soon" with his decision to the House intelligence committee.

But Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told Fox News the Democrats' document "bolsters" the FBI's credibility in the Russian Federation probe.

Last week, the Republican memo from the House intelligence committee provided the first formal government confirmation of a secret FISA warrant on Page and several other key details. And the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday to do just that. If FISA is to survive, it will require a clean sweep of top officials at the FBI, Justice Department and other intelligence agencies, all of whom played a role in perpetuating the scandal for almost two years.

"That was one piece of the puzzle that they had to basically show the court in order to get this FISA", Entous said. He was working for the Fusion GPS opposition research firm and was paid by the Democratic National Committee and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign committee.

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They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news . She also repeated the invitation directly to Moon to visit at a time convenient to him, he said.

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Steele's reported ideological and financial motivations were not revealed to the court that granted the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) FISA warrant.

Schiff is constantly talking to reporters at The New York Times and other liberal dailies. But Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who helped draft the GOP memo, have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.

House Republicans and Democrats spent Tuesday arguing about the contents of their dueling memos as they awaited Mr. Trump's review.

The question now, according to a separate official, is less about whether or not the memo will be released and more about what will be redacted from it. A spokesperson for Republican Senator Rob Portman says they don't have information on the President's proposal for staging a military parade but the senator supports efforts to thank the military.

In October 2016, the FBI was granted a FISA warrant to launch a surveillance investigation on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

But Schiff is less eager to see any information that may go against the Democrats' Trump-Russia narrative released.

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