President Donald Trump ripped into Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Twitter early Monday morning, blasting the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee as "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" as pressure mounts for the Democrats' counter memo to be released.
Overall, most of the public still believes that Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 USA presidential election, allegations that Moscow and Trump have repeatedly denied. Trump denies collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
While the Republican memo accused the FBI of going by an anti-Trump dossier funded by Democrats for spying on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Democrats, led by Schiff, have sought to reject this contention and denounce the Republican memo as a politically-motivated effort to undermine the Russian Federation investigation and protect Trump.
The memo does not clear Trump of wrongdoing in either aspect of the investigation, a point several Republican lawmakers have made clear in recent days, but the President and some of his allies have nonetheless seized on the memo in an attempt to discredit Mueller's investigation.
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Schiff - blasted earlier in the day by Trump in a tweet that lashed out at the lawmaker as "one of the biggest liars and leakers" - reiterated his disdain for the majority memo, backed by panel chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., calling it an endeavor "to put the Federal Bureau of Investigation on trial, the Department of Justice on trial, impeach and impugn the hard work of these dedicated public servants".
The White House said it was open to releasing the Democratic memo once it goes through a security review. The White House declassified it Friday and sent it to Nunes for immediate release.
"We want to make sure that the White House does not redact our memo for political purposes, " Schiff said.
The memo's central allegation is that agents and prosecutors, in applying in October 2016 to monitor Page's communications, failed to tell a judge that the opposition research that provided grounds for the FBI's suspicion received funding from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Key Democrats are seeking to put out the document, including the Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, who urged Mr Trump to back the public release and said that refusing to do so would show the president's intent to undermine the investigation into Russian election interference. On Friday, Nunes said on Fox News that the "FISA abuse" memo was only the first phase of his efforts, and that phase two would go after agencies like the State Department.
By last Tuesday night, Trump himself was caught on a hot mic committing to releasing the GOP memo, compiled by panel Chairman Devin Nunes and his staff.
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