“Fake News” are the two words that Donald Trump has used most often during his first year as President. He describes any negative press as “fake news.” Now Trump is personally involved in promoting “Fake News”. He previously ordered the disclosure of the Nunes memo which was described as dishonest and misleading.”
Now that full disclosure is needed, Trump has blocked the release of the response by House Intelligence Committee Democrats to their Republican counterparts. How could anyone allege that the FBI and Department of Justice officials used politically biased information to spy on a Trump campaign adviser, but then object to the release of an unredacted memo providing clarification of the original? Even though Congress unanimously voted earlier this week to make the Democratic memo public, Trump’s approval was needed for the release of the memo. The full House of Representatives could vote to overrule the president.
The White House’s rejection Friday night, which came in the form of a statement from White House counsel Don McGahn, included a letter from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that identifies “information for which national security or law enforcement concerns are especially significant.”
Democrats blasted the decision.
“After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, @POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, tweeted on Friday. Trump favors redacting the truth from the second memo.