Trump Blocks Democratic Counter-Memo Over "National Security Concerns"

President Trump declined to release the Democrat rebuttal to a GOP-authored "FISA memo," following the advice of the Department of Justice and the Director of National Intelligence, the White House announced.

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President Trump is "inclined to declassify" the Democratic memo, however there are several sections which would create "especially significant concerns" for "national security and law enforcement interests," wrote White House counsel Don McGahn in a letter to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (D-CA).

While the White House ignored FBI requests to redact the names in the GOP-authored memo, the Democratic response is said to reveal sources and methods which must be concealed. 

In a separate letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, McGahn highlighted the problematic information. The White House says it will work with the House Intelligence Committee if it wants to revise the Democratic memo and resubmit it for White House review. 

“The president encourages the Committee to undertake these efforts,” the letter states. “The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the Feb. 5th memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity.”

Democrats on the House Intel Committee can now make the requested changes, or submit their memo to the full house to seek a vote to override the President's decision. 

The House Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week to release the 10-page Democratic memo authored by ranking minority Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) following the declassification and public release of a four-page "FISA memo" authored by staffers for Chairman Devin Nunes.

In response to Trump blocking the Democratic rebuttal, Nunes said on Friday that he was not surprised that the DOJ and FBI advised against its release.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

"Ranking Member Schiff pledged to seek the input of the Department of Justice and FBI regarding the memo’s public release, and it’s no surprise that these agencies recommended against publishing the memo without redactions," said Nunes. 

Nunes suggested that the Democrats make the "appropriate technical changes and redactions" as recommended by the justice department "so that no sources and methods are disclosed and their memo can be declassified as soon as possible."

Democrats Cry Foul

After the GOP-authored memo was released, Democrats cried foul - calling it "inaccurate" and claiming its sole purpose was to derail and obstruct the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Democrats were outraged at the President's decision. In a Friday night statement, Schiff said that Democrats had provided their memo to the F.B.I. and the Justice Department for review before it was approved for release by the committee, and that the Democrat rebuttal was drawn from the same underlying documents as the Republican one.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

“We will be reviewing the recommended redactions from D.O.J. and F.B.I., which these agencies shared with the White House,” Mr. Schiff said, “and look forward to conferring with the agencies to determine how we can properly inform the American people about the misleading attack on law enforcement by the G.O.P. and address any concerns over sources and methods.”

Rep Terri Sewell - a Democratic member of the committee, tweeted: “Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence Committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to release this memo. @realDonaldTrump is not interested in transparency, he is interested in protecting himself and derailing the Russia investigation."

Despite Democrats' anger, McGhan said - in addition to the fact that Trump was "inclined to declassify" the document - that “The executive branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the Feb. 5 memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity.” 

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WorkingPoor vulcanraven Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:29 Permalink

Such ammunition is rendered inert by WH encouraging corrections, and to be resubmitted. IF T WANTED to bury it he could have just said "Hell with you guys, you used up your chance."

 

A little political judo there... turn their tools against them.

 

But all these sealed indicts need popping open and uttering. Dems doing perp walks.... No need to armor them, no one would waste the ammunition.

 

WP

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MK ULTRA Alpha WorkingPoor Sat, 02/10/2018 - 02:33 Permalink

The number three in DOJ just resigned, a Trump supporter. AG Sessions is nuts and Rosenstein is a communist traitor. Mueller is going for the president with everything he's got, the most rigged investigation in US history. Trump has been tried and hung in the communist MSM and no matter what he does, they want to destroy him and the country.

I doubt any big names are going to be indicted. Trump is fighting for his political life against all odds. The level of tension and conflict are higher now than at anytime since the 60's.

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new game Shillinlikeavillan Sat, 02/10/2018 - 03:17 Permalink

don't count trump out of this game of thrones. he lavishes the very shit he creates.

this is exactly how histrionic narcissists act out their daily life. he may even be having fun.

lighten the fuck up ultra, no mater what happens who really gives a shit. the military is running the show.

Who is getting the lions share of the budget? military/homeland security -paramilitary agencies. duh, the money, yes follow it.

and what is happening would have happened with the cunt as pres. so really no difference.

no one gets jailed as would be the case if the cunt was pres. russia is still the new enemy replacing terror.

same as if the cunt was pres. get over your cog dis of politics.(wish/think/realize)- same outcome every fuking time. jesse ventura woke me up many years ago. they all are in it for there own personal fortune and sociopathic power trip. SSM.

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MK ULTRA Alpha new game Sat, 02/10/2018 - 04:05 Permalink

So Jessie Ventura gave you the ability to reason. Please don't post to me, please.

You're a TV head, a television mind parroting what you're told to think, this time self reporting it was Jessie Venture, the television has flavors for everybody.

Here I have a television mind calling me out, trying to CONTROL the way I want to think and the mindless television programmed mind actually admonishes me for stating the FACTS.

Typical television mind took what I wrote out of context to fit his delusional perception of my reality.

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pc_babe MK ULTRA Alpha Sat, 02/10/2018 - 06:25 Permalink

Dem and Sh*tForBrains shiffty, who's sister is married to Soro's son, laced the memo purposely with classified sources knowing it wouldn't get released -- so they can say Trump is obstructing AGAIN

Unlike the Dems who constantly and knowingly (Comey) leak, falsify (Hilary/Steele) and compromise (Plame) classified material, people and sources, the worthless Repubs pay homage, occasionally, to the notion of OPSEC.

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SummerSausage Four Star Sat, 02/10/2018 - 07:42 Permalink

Just because an amount is appropriated doesn't mean it has to be spent.  

Trump's reputation is that of bringing in projects under budget and ahead of time.

Food stamps are down by 4 million since Trump took office.

Unemployment is down to the lowest level in 17 years.

Trump's cabinet members have not replaced bureaucrats who left and have cut staff.

In Housing Ben Carson found $500 million that can't be accounted for.

In State Hillary "lost" $6 billion.

Trump has stopped sending hundreds of millions to countries that hate us.

This is discretionary spending.  That means it doesn't have to be spent.

Watch and learn.

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DuneCreature bigkahuna Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:46 Permalink

Fuck the 'secure stuff'. ... No redactions.

~~))> 'Protecting Methods and Sources' Is Spook Code <((~~

Whenever you hear 'National Security', 'Protecting Sources', 'Patriot Act', 'Classified Law Enforcement Methods' it is code for "We are doing fucked up, illegal shit under the US Constitution that we (The LEO/IC) can't possibility tell anyone about or We The People will hang us in the town square."

Secrecy, my ass.

We have totally lost it boys and girls.

We have let these liars on both sides of the aisle make Chump Monkeys out of everyone under the phony mask of National Security.

Like JFK said, and I will paraphrase here, 'In a free and open society the very word 'secrecy' is repugnant. .. A dirty word. .. Secrecy is bound to be abused in next to no time at all.'

Well, guess what? ......... 'No time' is here. .. It arrived full force on 9/11/2001 and has been sitting on the face of the nation ever since.

This RIGHT HERE, this phony 'coup' shitshow is what the US Constitution is all about.

All of this secrecy needs to go right now.

If your law enforcement's methods can't be exposed, they are evil. ..

If you can't maintain national security without Stasi machinery in place you don't get any 'security'.

If you can't tolerate everyone's free speech, yours won't be tolerated either.

Knowledge is power and when you let your government keep secrets you have just given up all the power over your own life.

The US government needs to just hobble along under the handicap of full openness. .. The poor babies in Wash DC would probably never get anything done again. ..... Which won't be much different than what we have now only MUCH, MUCH cheaper and less dangerous to all of us We The People.

 

Let's see what George Webb is up to today. .. He knows the 'Spook Code' by heart:

Day 114.1 - George Toscas - Gangs For Security Expert?

(Fuck me with an ex-con's cell block slipper, ........WTF????)

Day 114.2 - Soft Layer Chantilly VA? All Operation Cassandra, $200M USD a month??

(Oh, great!  My old hood. ....... Glad I left or I would be living in a giant hornet's nest!)

Day 114.3 = Awan Spy Ring In Congress To A Drug Ring In Congress

(Why am I not the least bit surprised about all of this? ... Alright, I knew, well, I 'figured it out' but no one else wanted to hear it. .. Thanks, George, you the man!)

 

Ok, I know you've heard enough from me today so I'll give your head a break and let you go find some Tylenol or a good stiff drink.

Be back tomorrow because I'm not done with you.

We're doing Spook Code School. ... It WILL help your ass.... or not, if you really don't give a shit about living in a free country.

Live Hard, National Security, Enforcing The Laws, Paying Attention To Threats And Being Accountable Are All The Responsibility Of The Citizens,............. We Will Get By Just Fine Without The Secrecy If We Fully Apply The US Constitution OR We Will Parish As A Free Nation. .. That's Our Choice, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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curbjob pc_babe Sat, 02/10/2018 - 07:23 Permalink

"Dem and Sh*tForBrains shiffty, who's sister is married to Soro's son .."

Fake news 

"... laced the memo purposely with classified sources knowing it wouldn't get released -- so they can say Trump is obstructing AGAIN"

Interesting that the republicans on the committee voted 100% to release the dem memo ... why would they do that ? 

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Bendromeda Strain curbjob Sat, 02/10/2018 - 07:44 Permalink

Fake news? Are you saying that Schiff isn't related to Soros by marriage, or are you arguing like a pigeon playing chess?

The reason the committee voted unanimously to release is because the Rs knew it was tainted and wouldn't pass chop, but they don't look obstructionist. It was intentionally poison pilled so that voila!  Dems can cry foul. Predictable kabuki.

Pay attention snowflake and I will reveal to you the real Russian collusion. The dossier (oooh!) was created with the assistance of a former FSB agent. Who is this meddler in American politics... hmmm?

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NidStyles Bendromeda Strain Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

Central Intelligence Agency.

Only they would be stupid enough to pay a former spook from the Russian Federation to create such a narrative. Meaning either they were using oppositionalism and defiant based psychology to get Trump elected, or they were really stupid enough to want Hillary elected.

 

I already know what it's standing for, but I doubt that it happened that. There is no way anyone is that comprehensive with their control structure to engineer all of reality to fall the way they wish. Outside of simply rigging every election. While that is a possibility, it's not likely.

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha NidStyles Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:38 Permalink

The State Department was using and paying for Steele's position papers on the Ukraine. This justified the Ukraine coup and anti-Russia foreign policy.

A so called former MI6 agent was running US foreign policy and working to ensure a sour US Russia relation. This is standard British fare. It's in their blood to play spy games, spy drama and spy intrigue.

The British have been manipulating the Americans into war for the entire US history.

I'm sure Steele wasn't free lance and was still working for MI6.

The CIA info buy under CIA director Brennan, the data and Brennan can't be trusted on anything. The deal for the info most likely came from the top of CIA and was being micromanaged by Clapper in the white house. This is what they don't want released, Brennan and Clapper's involvement leads to Susan Rice and Obama.

This is why Brennan and Clapper have created a group of celebrities in LA to go after Trump, they have a lot to lose and they and everyone remembers that nearly 70 people were charged in the Nixon Watergate case and around 60 were convicted.

But the Democrats are using and these criminals are using the only thing they have left and that is to use the race card. The budget deal avoided the race hysteria over DACA. The nation had to pay the democrats off with a bribe to avoid a showdown over race which was shutting the government down and causing a more incendiary racially charged confrontation. Possible leading to more civil unrest.

Hope? The only HOPE I have left is a bloody civil war to cleanse this nation of the build of evil from a government determined to use subterfuge as the method of governing. Kill it all.

We must cleanse the soul of our nation with the blood of the enemy.

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Dilluminati MK ULTRA Alpha Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:53 Permalink

I think your being a little harsh and should change the channel if you're hearing voices.  The real question is what to do with the treason cunts who are doing everything possible to destroy America?  Even for people angry about America, left out of the prosperity of America, or in any other manner disgruntled, there is no advantage to anyone for what the treason cunts do!

Ergo.. don't be a cunt.

Also remember this stuff almost writes it's own headline and every morning is almost like XMAS!

Lighten up: Peter Strzok claimed Chelsea sounded like a goat in her DNC speech  (see link at least Strzok told the truth there)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeonHWB6rVY

also somebody shared this yesterday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rwW8FV0Sh0

And finally we aren't discussing the greatest question of our age: why do the demons make Hillary cough?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/09/never-give-hillary-c…

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MK ULTRA Alpha Dilluminati Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:10 Permalink

Fuck you, I've asked you not to post to me before, you're insulting, rude and ignorant. I don't read you're BS and could careless if you live or die.

I stopped reading your insane crap because it was parroting the TV and now the lowest of the low admonishes me when I give a dirty cut down back to someone else, you're an ignorant POS, cursing me and attacking when an OPPORTUNITY arises to jump on, you are lower than DOG SHIT.

This is the second time the low life jumped on like some animal. Sick of his dirty comments and needed to shove his BS back down his throat.

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MK ULTRA Alpha gatorengineer Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:05 Permalink

Brand was appointed by Trump, she was also appointed by Bush and had to be reappointed by Obama, hardly makes her an Obama operative. And the amount of money she gave to all republican candidates and the fact Trump appointed her.

AND she had NOTHING to do with Rosenstein FISA court Trump order. If she had, it would be big news.

Evidently you didn't read wiki or you have an agenda.

How old are you and what country are you posting from and what is your nationality?

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MK ULTRA Alpha Bendromeda Strain Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:14 Permalink

I've been reading ZH for five years, infiltrated? ZH has always been a hang out for anti-American communist, only recently have pro-Americans been added to this board.

This was a pro-Russia over America site and the posters ranted hate for America.

So what liars are you talking about, the delusional TV heads parroting their mind control or people interested in facts?

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MK ULTRA Alpha ConanTheContrarian1 Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

She could be opposing Trump but I doubt it. It's more like her mission was completed, she wanted 702 government wire tapping to continue, Congress and Trump approved it and now she doesn't want to stain her career with what's happening. That's what an associate said.

She wasn't involved in Rosenstein FISA court Trump order.

I doubt she left because she was anti-Trump, or there was evidence of wrong doing. If she did wrong, she would have been used by either side in the circus show. She would have been used politically for the MSM circus show and/or operationally within DOJ.

The DOJ lawyer involved directly with the FBI and Clinton's email has resigned, he's guilty and evidence of his involvement has been broadcast to the world, if Brand had the same connection, then it would have been broadcast to the world.

I just posted what I was seeing of all this and an army of naysayers, cut down artist attack me because of an opinion on a message board?

Furthermore, unlike your post questioning the issue, watch the sound bite one and two liners posters making a joke about the issue, which means that person doesn't know anything about the issue, so they make a joke, it's is a defense mechanism built in from years of watching TV, growing up on TV, it's the laugh cycle used on TV to conditioning laughing at stupid BS, when it's not funny.

Believe me, its different in many country's culture, and I've lived all over the world. The US is one nation under mind control. And look at all the posters trying to place me in their television conditioned mind control even counseling me to think the way they're thinking. LOL

Funny how they can dish it out but when given back they howl with indignation. LOL

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