The Associated Press report as published in the San Francisco Chronicle, claims President Trump accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI’s Russia probe was a trap meant to “blame the White House for lack of transparency.”
It’s a painful story for the AP and the Chronicle to accept, but in reality the President’s premise is correct.
The Democrat’s document is little more than a desperate political advertisement attacking the President. It has nothing to do with national security, foreign espionage, or the integrity of America’s electoral process.
Citing national security concerns, the White House notified the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that the president was “unable” to declassify the Democratic memo.
White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that the memo contains “numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages” and asked the committee to revise it with the help of the Justice Department.
He said Trump was still “inclined” to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made.
The House Intelligence Committee has already released their official report which raises serious legal and constitutional violations that took place within the FBI and the Justice Department. Both cleary abused their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor Trump campaign officials.
Democrats are trying desperately to mitigate the political damage and possible criminal charges.
The the House Intelligence Committee memo has all but vindicated the President in the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.