WASHINGTON ― President
In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, White House counsel Don McGahn said that while the president is “inclined” to declassify the memo, he will not “at this time” due to it containing “numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.”
McGahn said Trump has directed the Justice Department to offer assistance to the House committee to revise the memo.
“The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft … for declassification at the earliest opportunity,” McGahn said.
The White House also shared
Rosenstein and Wray had expressed similar concern about a GOP-drafted memo that Trump did agree to release last week.
The House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Democrats’ memo on Monday, days after the
The GOP memo — which alleges liberal bias among mostly Republican law enforcement officials at the Justice Department and FBI — was part of a long-standing effort by the president’s allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump, who has characterized Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt,”
The Republicans’ memo, drafted by staffers in the office of committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a member of Trump’s transition team, accuses law enforcement officials of misleading a secretive court that approves surveillance warrants when they applied for permission to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the Republican memo as misleading and f