House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters Monday his committee voted to release a Democratic memo that reportedly counters the memo committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) compiled and President Donald Trump released last week.
During his announcement, Schiff said he hoped the Democrats’ memo would “help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the” Republicans’ memo.
The committee’s decision gave Trump five days to approve its release to the public, something the White House indicated he was willing to consider.
“We will consider it on the same terms we considered the Nunes memo,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters Monday.
Committee Republicans changed their votes from last week, when they shut down Schiff’s request to release the Democratic version without a review process; this is the same method through which the Nunes memo was released. Monday’s vote was unanimous:
.@RepAdamSchiff: “The vote was unanimous to release this. I think the Republican members understood that after a calling for full transparency they were getting hammered over the course of the week for trying to hide the minority response.” https://t.co/3Sdph7f80W pic.twitter.com/z54J5myNRp
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 5, 2018
According to Schiff, however, Republicans put themselves in an “insupportable position” when they only voted to release Nunes’ memo.
“I think they were compelled to take the action they did today. And we think this will be very useful information for the American people to see,” he said.
Schiff accused Republicans of trying to “impugn” the Department of Justice’s work.
The memo alleged DOJ officials mishandled the process for obtaining a warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The memo drew mixed reactions from Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, who branded it “dishonest and misleading.”
Trump, however, claimed the memo “totally” vindicated him in the Russia investigation:
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe,” he tweeted. “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”