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Thu Feb 8, 2018, 08:20 AM

What You Need To Know About Memo Mania: Waiting On Democrats' Countermemo

Memoranda have only been Washington's favorite dueling weapons for a short time but the art of wielding them has evolved quickly.

Witness the slow-motion jiujitsu between President Trump and his Democratic antagonists this week over a secret countermemo that rebuts the once-secret GOP memo unveiled last week.

White House officials say they'll give Democrats a fair hearing. But would they let something out that embarrasses Trump? Could the administration redact portions of the memo without being accused of a political cover-up? And might deferring key decisions about the memo to the FBI and Justice Department help Trump politically?

Complicating matters: If the first memo was relatively straightforward, people on the inside say the second one is not.


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