House Republicans won't release the memo

House Republicans won't release the memo

As House Republicans and Democrats battle over the release of a secret memo alleging surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign, Senate Republicans are not giving in to the prevailing heated rhetoric. Steele claims that Page was working with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and that during a trip to Moscow in July 2016, he met secretly with two Kremlin cronies, Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin.

"Regrettably, it has been necessary for Committee Democrats to draft our own memorandum, setting out the relevant facts and exposing the misleading character of the Republicans' document so that members of the House are not left with an erroneous impression of the dedicated professionals at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ".

But on Thursday he told The Daily Caller that he supports releasing the document, which has become the subject of an intense partisan battle over the last week.

Senate Judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley, meanwhile, appeared confident that he'd have the chance to see the House document in coming weeks.

As special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on the White House and Trump in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Republicans have stepped their attacks on Justice and the FBI. The two committees have received numerous same documents each requested by members of Trump's team, though the panels don't typically share information like transcripts of their interviews. Burr's assessment would be significant as he is one of the few lawmakers with access to all of the underlying intelligence. Intelligence committee member John Cornyn has been briefed on the memo by House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, per that report.

"It's Devin's memo so you need to ask him what it means".

A spokesman for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment. The committee's vote to allow its release would kick the decision to the President, who is inclined to let it be released, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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Trump allies want the memo released, with Iowa Congressman Steve King saying the allegations are "worse than Watergate".

If the President doesn't object, the document will be released.

Gaetz later coordinated a letter signed by 65 House Republicans calling on Nunes to release the memo to the public.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the panel's top Democrat, said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the committee chairman, "produced a very distorted memo" and had the panel vote to allow all House members to read the confidential memo to create "bias" about the Russian Federation probe.

But, the Democrat said, "there is no investigation" in the usual sense of the word - no fact-finding mission by the full committee, with witnesses and the usual trappings. In fact, earlier this month I voted against a bill to reauthorize FISA Section 702, which has been used to spy on American citizens, in violation of the 4th Amendment. "The memo itself is in the conservative discussion mix while the special counsel investigating Russian interference into our democracy is apparently about to interview the president of the United States while seeking to determine whether he's colluded with the Russians or obstructed justice". "And I'm fine to share them with them, but you can't possibly say a memo was reckless if you haven't read it".

Added the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the Intel Committee, plans to ask the committee Monday to permit all House members to read the memo, according to The Washington Post.

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