US Intelligence Committee unanimously votes to make Democratic memo public

The advisers have also argued that on other matters - like the allegations that the president asked the former FBI director, James Comey, to end the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn - the president acted within his constitutional authority and can not be questioned about acts that were legal.

Mr Schiff and other Democrats have said that the Republican memo was inaccurate and misleading, and that the 10-page Schiff memo goes point-by-point to counter the charges in Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes' memo. And he says timeline-wise, this is going to be sent to the White House tonight.

Nunes, on "Fox & Friends" this morning, accused Democrats of "almost 100 leaks" coming from the House Intelligence Committee. Still, he expressed concern that the White House could make "political redactions, not redactions to protect sources and methods".

On Monday, Shah addressed those concerns, saying "there's no consideration about any personnel moves at the DOJ". "I hope he finishes it as quickly as possible".

Rep. Jim Himes said as much during an interview on CNN's New Day. What can you tell us about what is in this Democratic memo? Executive Order 13526, signed by President Obama on December 29, 2009, clearly states: "In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to: hide violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency. or prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security". It is about laying the groundwork to try to justify any foolish effort by the president to fire the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, and clear the way to fire Mueller.

Nunes and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee initially blocked the release of the Democratic document, giving the GOP a head-start in setting the narrative.

"I'll tell you I've never seen this president participate in anything that doesn't make him look good", he said when asked if he would bet that the president would agree to releasing the document. Oh, did we catch them in the act? They are very embarrassed.

"Why would the Russians want Donald Trump to be president when they could get everything they want from Hillary Clinton?" he later added. We caught them. Hey, we caught them. The President tweeted over the weekend that the Nunes memo "vindicates Trump" from a "Russian Witch Hunt". Remember; this comes directly after - two days, three days after the GOP memo was released.

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The rebuttal of the Nunes Memo prepared by the minority members on the House Intelligence Committee cannot divest itself of political associations, and only the FISA Court can order the government to take corrective measures, should any be necessary.

The Republican memo had claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had relied exclusively on questionable material to seek permission to surveil a member of the Trump campaign in 2016, Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser who had been on the FBI's radar from before for his Russian Federation contacts about which he had been warned. Over the weekend, the president, speaking in the third person, told us that this memo "totally vindicates "Trump" in the Russian Federation investigation".

On Monday, Trump called Schiff "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" and said he "must be stopped". He is considered by people such as former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to have abused his office to discredit an active investigation.

SHAPIRO: So the Republican memo was finally released on Friday. Should Trump refuse to declassify the Democratic version, a standoff between the White House and Democrats could follow.

But lawmakers were unsure Monday evening if Bannon was going to show and indicated that they were starting to lose patience.

The extension is the third time Bannon's interview has been postponed as the committee negotiates the terms of his interview. "Which is, to allow for a legal review, national security review led by the White House Counsel's Office". Sens. John McCain and Chris Coons on Monday rolled out bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children with their parents and also provide money for border security measures.

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators next week as they probe possible obstruction of justice by the president. The official did not say whether the decision would be made before Friday, but suggested it could be. Nunes has indicated that he is investigating this as well.

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