President Trump attacks congressman 'Little Adam Schiff' over memo response

WASHINGTON DC- FEBRUARY 05 Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence arrives for a committee meeting the U.S. Capitol

President Trump attacks congressman 'Little Adam Schiff' over memo response

The vote means the political rancor roiling Congress is likely to continue.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign worked with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether the president obstructed justice.

"We also want to make sure that the White House doesn't redact our memo for political purposes and obviously that's a deep concern", Schiff said.

As usual, the liar and leaker in the White House protests - and projects - too much.

Democrats have cautioned US President Donald Trump that firing top law enforcement officials over the investigation into his campaign's links to Russian Federation could spark a risky "confrontation", as Republican lawmakers broke ranks to say the probe should go on unhindered. Bannon's lawyer has been negotiating with the committee and the White House about the interview's terms.

Nunes has played a partisan role throughout Trump's tenure.

Republicans who favor releasing the rebuttal include panel Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as well as Reps.

"Whatever they accuse you of doing is what they're doing".

The document now goes to Trump, who has five days to decide whether to declassify it. Republicans on the committee rejected Democrats' request to release a memo drafted by Schiff, arguing in part they needed more time to review its content.

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Schiff responded to Trump's tweet by mocking his "executive time", or the time he reportedly spends watching the news and tweeting in the mornings, and on calling him to take action to protect those in the United States in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"Oh, but did we catch them in the act or what?" he asked his audience. "People can criticize that - that decision, but I think providing oversight and shining a light on these issues is important".

A White House spokesman said Trump would "consider" the Democratic memo's release just as he had the Republican document.

Trump's former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told NBC's "Meet the Press" the president may be frustrated by the probe, but never signaled to Priebus in his six-month stint at the White House that he wanted to fire Mueller.

The agencies were aware of dossier author Christopher Steele's anti-Trump bias, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew the document was funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, but this knowledge was not disclosed to the FISA court.

The underlying materials that served as the basis for the warrant application were not made public in the memo.

"Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] without the Steele dossier information", the memo read.

Republicans say the memo shows evidence of bias from the start of the investigation into Russian electoral interference, and Democrats say its release is an effort by Trump to undermine the investigation. Mark Warner, D-Va., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. But that did not satisfy Democrats, as Schiff said it was a "lawyerly" response that does not address whether the White House coordinated in other ways surrounding the creation of the memo.

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