President Trump Heaps Praise on Nunes, 'Man of Tremendous Courage'


Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted President Donald Trump's criticisms of him, telling CNN that the White House chief of staff should "give him a time-out".

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former Trump transition team member who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, was the driving force behind the memo.

LUCAS: Well, the important point that you mentioned earlier is that it's a response to the Republican memo, and that's the one, of course, that alleged the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department omitted important facts when it got court approval to conduct surveillance on a former Trump campaign aide.

Schiff has questioned whether Nunes had coordinated with the White House in drafting the document the president has used to vent his grievances against the nation's premier law enforcement agencies.

The tweet came as the president continued to stew online about the investigation into Russian Federation meddling into the 2016 presidential election and whether the president or the people around him obstructed justice in that investigation.

President Trump took time from attacking Rep. Adam Schiff and making immigration reform demands Monday morning to praise Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare.

"We also want to make sure that the White House doesn't redact our memo for political purposes and obviously that's a deep concern", Schiff said. "I don't think any classified documents should be declassified until years later".

Before the vote, Trump charged in a tweet that Schiff "leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information" and "must be stopped" - suggesting the president may decide not to allow the Democrats' assertions to be made public.

Last month, 91 percent of Republicans said they had a "great deal" or "some" confidence in the country's law enforcement agencies, compared with the 75 percent who expressed a similar level of confidence in the Trump administration and 47 percent who said the same about Congress.

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"Generally speaking, we're open to considering any document the House Intel Committee submits to us for declassification along the lines that the Nunes memo was considered", said a White House spokesman, Raj Shah.

Schiff said after Monday's vote that "there is a rising sense of panic clearly at the White House and as well on the Hill (among Republicans)" about Mueller's investigation. He accused him of being one of the biggest leakers and liars in Washington.

Mr Schiff has said that he wants a committee vote soon to release his own secret memo responding to the Republicans' document.

"They were embarrassed by the fact that the President's son claimed some attorney client privilege when neither he nor his father is attorney nor client", Schiff said, later adding, "We refuse to allow witnesses to come before our committee and say publicly they're fully cooperating and then invoke bogus privileges".

The Nunes memo says those agents and prosecutors failed to tell a judge that opposition research about Russian election interference was funded by by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

LUCAS: Well, despite attempts by Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, most notably, to say that the memo has nothing at all to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the president has made clear that he himself thinks it has everything to do with the Mueller investigation.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said this week that the release of this memo was "tantamount to treasonous". The White House has five days to stop the memo's release or ask for redactions.

Nadler's six-page rebuttal is the most detailed given by Democrats since the Nunes memo was released Friday after being declassified by President Trump.