House Democrats Argue To Release Their Own Memo

Democrats say they're making a push to release their own memo which rebuts a Republican document released on Friday that alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI. Democrats say they plan to offer a motion at a Monday business meeting where, if it's approved, Trump would have five days to object or approve its release. 

Written by Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic memo rebuts a four-page GOP document that alleged the FBI used information paid for, in part, by Hillary Clinton's campaign, to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for then Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. Democrats denounced the document as an attempt to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Amid the push for the Democrat's memo to be released, the ranking minority leader on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff became the latest target of President Trump's Twitter ire. In an early Monday morning tweet, Trump accused the Democrat of criminally "leaking" sensitive information. 

Schiff, no slouch on Twitter himself, was quick to respond to the president's early morning jabs. 

"Mr. President, I see you've had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else," the Democrat tweeted.

Trump did not provide evidence of that the congressman had leaked confidential information. 

The president also defended the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his part in releasing the Republican memo, saying the congressman had "tremendous courage."

The Democratic memo drafted by Schiff will be voted on according to Republicans, a move, which signals its likely release. 

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