President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russian Federation probe

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The Democrats have prepared a document in response to the release of the GOP memo that shed a light on the FBI's and the Justice Department's bias against Donald Trump in the first stages of the investigation of the alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 USA presidential election.

President Trump lamented that the "Democrats sent a very political and long response memo" which would have had to have been heavily redacted if released to the public.

"In a letter to Mr Nunes, the US president's legal counsel wrote: "[The US Department of Justice] has identified portions of the February 5th Memorandum the disclosure of which it believes would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests.

A letter from the White House written by Donald McGahn stated the Democratic memo "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages". But Trump ignored those concerns when he made a decision to release the Republican memo last week - despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation releasing a rare statement to say the Nunes memo omitted key information and the Justice Department raising "grave concerns" about its release without proper review.

"Even worse", Jaffer continued, "This unforced error undermines the PResident's own ability to make the case about alleged failures in the intelligence collection process and, as such, is yet another example of this White House being its own worst enemy". A memo about the surveillance warrants, released publicly last week by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, established that he was under surveillance at the time.

The dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and written by former British spy Christopher Steele for the political research firm Fusion GPS.

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"I do think it's important to release the Democrat memo", observes attorney Abe Hamilton, a former assistant district attorney who now serves as counsel at the American Family Association. So they wish to send this memo back to the committee.

Reports say the decision by Trump to block the memo infuriated Democrats with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer saying, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?"

The site, CARepublican.com, features headlines ranging from national politics stories to state and local matters and college football. The president now "expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with [the] public".

The dispute highlights the extent to which the so-called Steele dossier alleging Trump has personal and financial ties to Russian officials has divided the committee, as the parties quarrel over how congressional panels and federal law enforcement agencies have handled their respective investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections. The FBI didn't suggest that there was anything in the GOP memo that was inaccurate.

The campaign committee for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has been funding a website billed as a local news outlet. Democrats have blasted the move, accusing Trump of exhibiting a double standard in his handling of the memos.

Page went to Moscow in July 2016 while he was serving on the Trump campaign, a move that raised eyebrows among the FBI agents investigating the Trump team's ties to Russian Federation.

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