Trump won't declassify Democrats' memo, citing national security concerns

The 10-page memo was written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee

— -- The White House indicated on Friday that President Donald Trump won't declassify a memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, citing national security concerns.

White House Counsel Don McGahn invited the committee to "revise" the memo to address national security concerns, and wrote in a a letter to committee Chairman Devin Nunes that the "Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft" for release.

"Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time," McGahn wrote.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in a letter to McGahn released by the White House on Friday, expressed concerns about the release of portions of the Democratic memo.

Congress could vote to overrule the president’s decision, but such a move appears unlikely.

The minority memo describes in greater detail why law enforcement officials wanted to conduct surveillance on Page beyond the information contained in the Steele dossier, according to sources familiar with the document. It is said to indicate that the court was made aware of the political motivations behind the information provided by Steele, but that specific Democratic organizations were not identified.

Kelly said he had given FBI, DOJ and intelligence officials until Thursday to review the document. “Then we will brief the president on it, he’ll have a decision to make,” Kelly said.

He described the Democratic memo as “not as clean as the first one,” suggesting that the White House could release it with redactions.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intel committee, took issue with the administration's action.

"One week ago, the Department of Justice and FBI implored the White House not to release a deeply flawed and inaccurate memo prepared by Chairman Devin Nunes. The White House ignored their concerns and approved the publication of the Republican memo with no redactions even though the action was described by the agencies as extraordinarily reckless and omitting material facts," he said. "After promising to treat the Democratic response in precisely the same way, the White House now seeks to have the Democratic memo sent back to committee and revised by the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes document to begin with."