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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:02 PM

UPDATED: Trump blocks release of Democratic memo

Source: Politico


By KYLE CHENEY 02/09/2018 07:56 PM EST

President Donald Trump moved Friday to block the release of a Democratic memo intended to counter GOP claims that the FBI inappropriately spied on a Trump campaign adviser in 2016.

Democrats had issued their memo as a rebuttal to a Republican document that Trump declassified last week, accusing the FBI of misleading a federal judge to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Although the President is inclined to declassify the ... memorandum, because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time, White House Counsel Don McGahn said in a statement.

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Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/09/trump-blocks-release-of-democratic-memo-402083



UPDATE

The Latest: Trump won't declassify Democratic memo


Associated Press Associated PressFebruary 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on investigations into connection between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

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.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-trump-wont-declassify-democratic-memo-010004511.html

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Reply UPDATED: Trump blocks release of Democratic memo (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 9 OP
C Moon Feb 9 #1
burrowowl Feb 9 #4
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 9 #22
MustLoveBeagles Feb 10 #45
joshcryer Feb 10 #47
onecaliberal Feb 9 #2
riversedge Feb 9 #20
BigmanPigman Feb 9 #40
SonofDonald Feb 10 #51
joshcryer Feb 10 #48
debsy Feb 9 #3
olddad56 Feb 9 #37
iluvtennis Feb 9 #5
Stuart G Feb 9 #6
rurallib Feb 9 #21
humbled_opinion Feb 9 #26
olddad56 Feb 9 #38
Turbineguy Feb 9 #7
bullimiami Feb 9 #8
More_Cowbell Feb 9 #9
left-of-center2012 Feb 9 #10
Liberalagogo Feb 9 #15
paleotn Feb 9 #28
lunasun Feb 9 #39
Name removed Feb 10 #52
blueinredohio Feb 9 #11
still_one Feb 9 #23
briv1016 Feb 9 #12
robertpaulsen Feb 9 #13
bluestarone Feb 9 #14
LenaBaby61 Feb 9 #16
emulatorloo Feb 9 #17
Honeycombe8 Feb 9 #18
47of74 Feb 9 #19
a kennedy Feb 9 #24
ffr Feb 9 #25
TranssexualKaren Feb 9 #27
dhill926 Feb 9 #29
The Wizard Feb 9 #30
mpcamb Feb 9 #31
paleotn Feb 9 #32
YessirAtsaFact Feb 9 #34
ThoughtCriminal Feb 9 #33
Shrike47 Feb 9 #35
DemoTex Feb 9 #36
SergeStorms Feb 9 #41
truthisfreedom Feb 9 #42
Beartracks Feb 9 #43
world wide wally Feb 9 #44
SergeStorms Feb 10 #46
YOHABLO Feb 10 #49
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:03 PM

1. Wow! Did ANYONE foresee THAT happening?

Last edited Sat Feb 10, 2018, 12:02 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:07 PM

4. I am not surprised

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:45 PM

22. GUILTY as charged

This is evidence that everything charged, in public opinion, against this banana republic regime is true.

You don't hide stuff when the truth is on your side.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 12:53 AM

45. I'm shocked!

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 02:47 AM

47. A few of us did:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=1980762

It was pretty obvious because the Republicans re-wrote their memo for public release, the Democrats made no such illusions, and refused to do so.

In other words, the piss tape is real.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:07 PM

2. In other news water is wet. Go on the floor of the senate and read it!

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:41 PM

20. who will be the brave soul??

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:49 PM

40. I thought it was the House and not the Senate.

I would say that maybe Feinstein could go over the GOP heads again but it is up to the Dems in the House. Schiff will have to "pull a Feinstein". I hope to Hell he does!

I just read further and others on DU already have said the same thing...it has to do with it being classified or not.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #40)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 08:07 AM

51. I'm sure there was no secrets in it to be revealed

It's become obvious that our side would not have tendered a memo that contained things that shouldn't be revealed.

As for the idiots it's obvious they can't find their own rear end with both hands and a map, not only are they a holes they are stupid a holes.

Just another delaying tactic from "only the best people"

The primary's will be enlightening, say goodbye gop.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 02:52 AM

48. Let's not do that quite yet.

Let's wait to see what happens with the FBI.

If nothing happens when we go full Pentagon Papers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:07 PM

3. When is the imposter going to be removed from the Oval Office?

What a POS.

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Response to debsy (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:29 PM

37. WHEN PUTIN HAS NO MORE USE FOR HIM!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:08 PM

5. Surprise, surprise (sarcasm)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:10 PM

6. Why? What is the reason for this?

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:44 PM

21. Reason? We don't need no stinking' reason!

Just say "national security" and that says it all while saying nothing

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Response to rurallib (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:06 PM

26. Reason, the Reason is Treason.... n/t

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Response to humbled_opinion (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:32 PM

38. agreed, and the reason fore the treason is aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war...

What the Russians have done in their effort to undermine our democracy is clearly an act of war.

Gee, I wonder why we are not fighting back. Maybes it has something to do with our commander in chief and the dirt the Russians have on him.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:11 PM

7. When you're guilty

everyday you delay justice is a small victory.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:11 PM

8. Lose lose for that ahole.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:13 PM

9. This Slate article from January speculates that Democrats could read their memo into the record

"Democrats must make clear that if the memo is released, they will take to the floor or the committee and release their own memos into the record, relying on and quoting confidential information if need be. . . . And Democrats will be immune from any legal retribution.

"This immunity is pretty close to absolute: The Supreme Court held in 1973 that the clause shields members of Congress from prosecution for anything that involves a legislative activity. In an essay written for the Heritage Foundation, Circuit Judge James Buckley—older brother of William—argued that it would even include stolen classified information. He’s right: in 1971, Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska read the Pentagon Papers into the record of a subcommittee he chaired, at a hearing he called for specifically this purpose. The Supreme Court called Gravel’s claim of immunity “incontrovertible.”"

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/democrats-should-counter-the-nunes-memo-by-spilling-classified-info-on-trump.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:17 PM

10. I knew he wouldn't release it

More obstruction by 'the Don'.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:26 PM

15. More like


or

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:07 PM

28. The Godfather....

...if Fredo Corleone was running the show.

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:47 PM

39. FatFraudFucker

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:18 PM

11. Adam Schiff should post it on his page like Difi did

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:54 PM

23. What Diane Feinstein did was publish testimony that wasn't not classified, and the person being

interviewed for the testimony, asked for it to be made public because the republicans were distorting what happened


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:20 PM

12. Released at 8pm, right as the broadcast of the opening ceremony begins.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:23 PM

13. READ IT ON THE FLOOR LIKE GRAVEL READ THE PENTAGON PAPERS!

There is precedent. Some brave Dem should follow it! They will have my eternal gratitude.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:25 PM

14. SLAM BAM!!!!!

DIPSHIT has spoken!! GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:32 PM

16. Am I shocked at fatso wouldn't declassify the Democratic memo?

Que up Danny ....


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:35 PM

17. CNN: Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, sends back to committee

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo, sends back to committee

By Jeremy Herb and Pamela Brown, CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/09/politics/democratic-memo-trump-wont-declassify/index.html

(CNN)President Donald Trump won't release the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority at this time, and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

In a letter to the committee, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said, "although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time."

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The memo from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, was written to rebut the Republican memo released one week prior, which accuses the FBI of suppressing Democratic ties to an opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Schiff and other Democrats charge that the Republican memo led by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California is misleading and omits key facts, including that the FISA application did state that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was paid by a political entity.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:37 PM

18. I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Shocked!



(not. This was fully expected, right? But at least the Dems forced Trump to show his hand...he will release ONLY the GOP's memo. The one that supports him.)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:40 PM

19. fornicate him

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 08:55 PM

24. and can I say again??? FAWK EM ALL!!!!!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:02 PM

25. Typical cowardice from a crooked Russian loving conservative.

More ammo for 2018 ads.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:06 PM

27. That settles it

Clearly, Adam Schiff is justified in doing a Feinstein now.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:09 PM

29. leak the motherfucker....

fuck 'em. Time to play some ball....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:10 PM

30. He's acting like a guilty defendant.

What would a reasonable man think?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:10 PM

31. The memo says, "You're going to be impeached and you're going to jail, swamp rat."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:10 PM

32. Strategically, a very bad move...

by the master of very bad moves. How this clown didn't end up losing all of daddy's money is the real question.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #32)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:16 PM

34. He did lose all of his dads money

That’s why he climbed in bed with the Russian mafia.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:13 PM

33. Friday News Dump timing

Also, not a surprise.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:17 PM

35. Gee, obstruction of justice right before our eyes. Who would have thunk it?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 09:18 PM

36. Good.

It proves his mendacity. Of course, the 33% (Deplorables) will not understand.


Trump HDQS - SC

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 10:01 PM

41. I'd like to say I'm surprised.......

but I'm not. More Americans are finally seeing this asshole for who and what he really is. A despicable piece of crap not worthy of the air he breathes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 10:12 PM

42. Hahahahahaaaa

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:03 PM

43. How do you rebut lies with the truth if the truth is classified?

Republican lies can travel halfway around the world while the Democratic truth is still getting its boots on.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:07 PM

44. When they go low, we go high

Fuck you, Trump

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 02:23 AM

46. What they're really saying;

it's 10 pages long, and there's NO WAY Trump is going to read through that. He hates reading the McDonald's menu. The intelligence committee is going to have to pare this down to a concise 2-3 pages (double spaced) and there will have to be pictures included.

NEVER forget who we're dealing with here. For Orange Shitler reading is not 'FUNdemental'.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 02:54 AM

49. Need to pull a ''Daniel Ellsberg" on their ass. Leak if to the NYTimes / WaPo

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 07:29 AM

50. Telling that he wouldn't redact and release

which makes his argument a farce

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 09:10 AM

53. It's time to start taking advantage of this.

People of the free world are in a beautiful position right now where, for the rational, the situation is obvious and where, for the stupid, they can still chug along in a self-sustaining cloud of belief.

We need to be taunting all right-wing authoritarians with all of this right now, demanding that they publicly express their patriotism and support for the President, requiring them to explain how this sort of obstructive behavior is not direct evidence of guilt, asking them what they will do if it emerges that their leader is, in fact, a treasonous criminal, and so on.

Democrats should be assembling sound bites of every single damned Republican politician lining up with our treasonous Russian President. If one can break off just ten percent of far-right wingers and force them into inactivity in 2018, it results in a significant shift in favor of Democrats in already tenuously gerrymandered Republican districts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 09:18 AM

54. Gomer saw this coming from a mile away

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