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.
Noting Trump wished Porter luck and said he did a good job, Biden said, "That's like saying, 'That ax murderer out there, he's a great painter.' " Biden explained that sexual misconduct should not be explained away by the abilities or skills someone has. The president was given five days to oppose the release of the Democratic memo, after the House Intelligence Committee voted to release it earlier this week.
The counsel cited "significant concerns" raised by the department of justice about revelations in the memo as the reason for not allowing it to be declassified.
Trump demanded the Democrats rewrite the memo and send it back. "The White House ignored [the DOJ and FBI's] 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", the representative said. "The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that's harmful to him".
Congressional Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan have said it shouldn't be used to undermine the special counsel.
Donald Trump says Democrats should refile their memo, leaving a chance for it to be declassified.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, meanwhile, described President Trump's decision to block the release as "hypocrisy at its worse", arguing: "I have reviewed the classified documents that underpin both memos".
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In response, a memo was prepared by Democrats that reportedly contests and further details the claims made by Republicans.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the top Senate Democrat, said bluntly, "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?"
After Schiff challenged Trump's claim, the president lashed out on Twitter, calling him "Little Adam Schiff" and accusing him, without presenting any evidence, of leaving "closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information".
The president stressed that the memo put together by the Democrats was clearly a political trap and revealed that he has instructed the left to give it another shot.
Mueller took over the investigation from the FBI. People who have read the Schiff memo told NPR's Philip Ewing that it is 10 pages and contains many footnotes meant to rebut arguments made in the GOP document.
According to the referral, when James Comey was asked why the "FBI relied on the dossier in the FISA applications absent meaningful corroboration - and in light of the highly political motives surrounding its creation", Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was relying on Steele because of his "past work" for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 2017, four separate probes in the US Congress concerning allegations of Russian election meddling were launched, including the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees and the House's Intelligence and Oversight panels.