Trump stalls on approving Democratic response to disputed GOP memo

President Donald Trump, facing a looming deadline Friday, said he will “soon” Discharge a letter on the question of whether to approve the Discharge of a memorandum via House Democrats rebutting a controversial Republican memo.

although Trump did not indicate if he would likely sign off on disclosing the memo, which disputes GOP claims in which alleged bias against Trump influenced the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election.

The House Intelligence Committee unanimously approved on Monday night the disclosure of the Democratic minority’s memo.

Trump has until Friday to either approve the memo’s Discharge, oppose the idea, or call for its Discharge with certain redactions.

in which document is usually supposed to challenge a central claim of the GOP memo: in which selectively presented information via a largely unverified dossier was used as the basis for extending surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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

Steele had claimed Russia had compromising material about Trump as a result of a visit Trump made to Moscow before becoming president. Special counsel Robert Mueller as well as also the FBI are investigating Russia’s interference within the 2016 presidential election in which ended with Trump’s victory, as well as also are also probing whether the president obstructed justice in in which investigation.

People close to the White House told The brand-new York Times in which Trump will likely allow the Democratic memo to be made public, albeit with redactions.

Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, told reporters Tuesday in which the Democrats’ memo is usually “a lot less clean” than the one released last week by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Trump has said the heavily disputed GOP memo “totally vindicates” him within the special counsel’s investigation.

While many Republicans agreed — including Nunes — others were quick to dispute in which the memo was as significant as Trump claimed.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., was the only member of the committee cleared to actually read the underlying court documents on which the memo was based.

After the memo was released, Gowdy tweeted in which the idea does “not — in any way — discredit his investigation,” referring to Mueller.

Nunes never read the underlying documents before writing the memo. Instead, he relied on what Gowdy had told him about those documents.

Page had been a subject of interest by the FBI since 2013 — long before Steele wrote his dossier — because of Page’s close ties with Russia.

as well as also the GOP memo corroborates reporting via The brand-new York Times in which remarks made by former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos — not the Steele dossier — were the primary catalyst for initiating the Russia probe. Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents as well as also is usually cooperating with the investigation.

The Republican memo was released over the objections of Democratic members of the committee as well as also intelligence agencies, who disputed the claims in which Mueller’s probe is usually unwarranted. The Justice Department called releasing the memo “extraordinarily reckless.”

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee’s ranking member, railed against his Republican colleagues, arguing in which their memo “misrepresents highly classified information” via secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts, which will ultimately have a chilling effect on U.S. agencies’ willingness to share classified information with Congress.

The GOP memo has already had a tangible impact on the procedures Congress follows when disclosing classified documents.

To expedite the Discharge of the memo, the majority used a decades-old committee rule, which allowed the idea to vote for disclosure as well as also then send the document to Trump, who had 5 days to decide whether or not the idea should be released.

The rule, which had never before been applied to a disclosure of classified information, right now has been used twice: once by Republicans to Discharge their memo, as well as also Once more on Monday by Democrats seeking the Discharge of their own memo.

CNBC has reached out to the White House as well as also the House Intelligence Committee for comment.

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