Politics

White House Only Commits To ‘Review’ Of Dems’ Memo

House Intel panel could send it to Trump later Monday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, prepares for a television interview in Russell Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

White House aides will not commit to releasing a memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Democrats that rebuts another memo President Donald Trump approved for release last week criticizing the FBI and Justice Department.

“We will be considering it just as we did the Nunes memo,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday, according to a pool report. “Which is, to allow for a legal review, national security review led by the White House Counsel’s Office.”

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. Senior White House aides later admitted, at that point, the president had not yet reviewed it.

The panel could vote on whether to submit the Democratic side’s document for presidential review later Monday.

Shah’s commital only to a review came several hours after Trump lashed out at Schiff on Twitter, calling him a “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington” and charging him with leaving closed-door panel deliberations to leak classified data. 

Schiff fired back denying the allegation and urging Trump to use his “executive time” in the mornings to strike legislative deals and do “really anything else.”

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