Washington, Feb 10: US President Dold Trump has stopped the release of a Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claim that the FBI misused its powers in conducting the Russia probe.
The White House informed this on Friday and said the Democratic memo contained several classified passages. It said Trump “will not release the memo at this time, and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes”, a CNN report said.
In a letter to the committee, White House counsel Dold McGahn said, “although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5 Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is uble to do so at this time.” Trump had said earlier on Friday planned to release the memo. “It’s gon be released soon,” Trump told reporters, adding, “We’re going to release a letter.” The House Intelligence Committee voted unimously on Monday to release the 10-page Democratic memo, and the committee rules gave Trump five days to decide whether to block or allow its release. The memo was written by Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, to rebut the Republican memo released one week prior. (IANS)