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Trump White House blocks release of Democratic memo

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The Democratic memo is not being declassified at this time, a White House letter reveals, though President Trump "is inclined" to do so.

Why it matters: Trump said earlier on Friday that the memo would "be released soon." According to the letter, addressed to Rep. David Nunes from White House counsel Don McGahn, the Justice Department "has identified portions...it believes would create especially significant concerns for the national security."

What comes next: "The President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee...The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft...for declassification at the earlier opportunity."

What the memo says: University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias told the Washington Post that the memo will "almost singularly be focused on building back the FBI's credibility."

  • It's a response to the Republican memo which alleges FBI bias against Trump.
  • The Post says the memo will detail "how long the FBI's Russia investigation had been going on before the [Steele] dossier was published."
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