Dem Memo Will Get ‘Same Process’ Trump Used for GOP Doc
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley says president will be 'transparent' in reviewing rebuttal of Nunes
President Donald Trump will use the same criteria in deciding whether to block release of a Democratic-produced memo that he used to evaluate a Republican document made public last week, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley noted on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that he could not say what decision Trump will make.
“What I can tell you, though, for fact, is that the president is going to adhere to the same process and procedure that he did for the Republican memo,” he told guest host Raymond Arroyo.
The Republican memo, prepared by staffers for House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), summarized classified material pointing to the politicization of intelligence gathering by senior executives in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Among the most damaging revelations is that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe acknowledged during closed-door congressional testimony that the agency would not even have sought warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to eavesdrop on the president’s associates without the controversial opposition research dossier on candidate Trump paid for by 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the intelligence panel, wants a memo prepared by the committee’s minority members to correct what Democrats regard as errors and distortions in the Republican memo.
Gidley said the president’s national security aides will scrutinize the document to make sure it does not reveal intelligence sources or tip off how the United States collects information.
“He ultimately, of course, makes the decision on whether to keep it classified or declassify,” he said.
Gidley added, “He wants to be transparent. He wants people to see this process … So he’s going to treat these memos the same.”
Gidley said people are and should be upset by the revelations in the Nunes memo.
“Most Americans are hearing all this information and are quite concerned that the integrity of the decisions made at the highest levels of the FBI and the DOJ, you know, were done with folks that had an immense bias for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump,” he said.
Responding to a New York Times story indicating that Trump’s lawyers are urging him not to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, Gidley noted that the president offered a caveat earlier this year when he told reporters that he would be open to talking to Mueller. That caveat is that he would follow the advice of his lawyers on the matter.
“It’s funny how the press conveniently leaves that part of it out of it,” he said.