'National security concerns': Trump returns 'sensitive' memo to House Democrats for revision

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The House Intelligence Committee was tasked with examining the FBI's handling of the probe into potential interference by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election.

The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, has said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was above board in disclosing the political motivations behind the dodgy Steele dossier in its application to the FISA court.

"The White House's failure to declassify the House Intelligence Committee minority memo - particularly in the face of unanimous bipartisan vote by the committee - represents a massive strategic miscalculation", Jaffer said, according to Politico.

In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, White House counsel Donald McGahn wrote that the Justice Department had identified portions of the Democrats' memo that it believed "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests" if disclosed. Democrats called the Nunes memo biased and misleading and said it comprised cherry-picked information from the documentation of one part of the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US presidential election.

US President Donald Trump received the memo on Monday.

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the 10-page document drafted by the panel's Democrats, contingent on the Republican President agreeing to reclassify it.

Trump's decision on the Democrats' memo came as some Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee pushed for a prohibition on the use of politically funded information in applications for surveillance warrants.

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After the memo was released, Gowdy tweeted that it does "not - in any way - discredit his investigation", referring to Mueller.

A Democrat-written memo that is meant to counter a FISA memo from Republicans will likely do little to refute it, predicts a former prosecutor. No doubt the Democrats' memo will be released before long.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign using hacking and propaganda, an effort that eventually included attempting to tilt the race in Trump's favour.

Kelly said he had given FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials until Thursday to review the document. The president says that he would like to give an interview to Bob Mueller, but his lawyers may be saying, oh, but as much as he would like to, he just can't do it. He tweeted that he has read both memos and that neither one endangers national security.

On Tuesday, Schiff said the committee should begin contempt proceedings if Steve Bannon, a former senior Trump adviser, continued to refuse to testify, after Bannon did not comply with a subpoena.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., attends a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans tax reform plan on Capitol Hill Nov. 9, 2017 in Washington.

Panuccio attended the meeting as Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, 3rd in the Justice Department's chain of command, announced her resignation Friday.

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