The memo battle is now left for Trump to make the next move.
Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democrats’ classified memo that reportedly counters the previous memo released by the Republicans and undermines Trump’s allegations that the FBI and its allies abused its spying powers during its investigation of his presidential campaign in 2016.
With the memo on his desk, Trump has five days to review the request for its release.
The public release of the memo, spearheaded by Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, comes a week after the Republicans released their memo, which claims the FBI conducted surveillance improperly and did not disclose that the spy Christopher Steele was financed by Hillary Clinton and the DNC for the research.
Central to this war of memos is the Dems charge that Trump and cohorts are keen on discrediting the FBI to upend Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Russia was involved in the 2016 election as well as the extent to which any of Trump’s aides and associates were complicit. Schiff told the press that the memo will rebut the Republican version point by point.
In five days we should know if Trump will block the memo’s release or let it fly.