The Latest: Democrats criticize Trump decision on their memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into connection between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia (all times local):
Citing national security concerns, the White House is formally notifying the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers.
White House counsel Don McGahn says in a letter to the committee that the memo contains “numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.” He is asking the Democrats to revise the memo with the help of the Justice Department.
McGahn says Trump is still “inclined” to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made.
Democrats on the House panel drafted their memo to counter claims in a document released last week by Republicans, led by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California.
The White House says President Donald Trump is “weighing his options” as he decides whether to release a classified memo, drafted by Democrats, that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its Russia probe.
White House spokesman Raj Shah says the president “will respond soon” with his decision to the House intelligence committee.
Democrats on the panel drafted the memo to counter claims in a document released last week by Republicans, led by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California.
The GOP memo accused the FBI and Justice Department of abusing its surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Page was monitored for nearly a year.