President Trump has decided to not release the memo compiled by Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee due to the document containing classified information.
WH letter to Nunes on POTUS decision not to declassify the Dem memo: pic.twitter.com/1ejQtzCgK3
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) February 10, 2018
A letter from White House counsel Don McGahn sent to Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explained why the memo won’t be released at this time.
The letter claims that the memo “contains numerous properly classified and especially secretive passages.”
However, the letter also claims that President Trump is “inclined” to release the memo.
WH tells DOJ, FBI to assist @HouseIntelComm in redacting classified info from Dem memo. McGahn letter says President “inclined” to release memo, but is “unable to do so at this time.”
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) February 10, 2018
The memo has been said to contain details that counter claims made in a memo written by Republican members of the House Intel Committee. The Republican memo outlines how an anti-Trump dossier written by Christopher Steele was used as a justification to surveil Carter Page.
This story is developing and will be updated as details emerge.