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House Intel Democrats preparing own memo to counter GOP's 'misleading' FISA memo on Trump

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In a statement, Rep. Adam Schiff said Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are seeking to "selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information" in an effort to "protect" President Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are releasing their own memo in response to one compiled by Republicans on the panel, ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday.

In a statement, Schiff said Republicans on the committee are seeking to “selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information” in an effort to “protect” President Trump.

In response, committee Democrats have had to draft their own memo, Schiff said, “setting out the relevant facts” and “exposing the misleading character of the Republicans’ document.”

The four-page memo, spearheaded by Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., allegedly details results of an investigation into abuses by the DOJ and FBI in its use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.

According to Schiff, House Intel will vote on Monday during a normally scheduled meeting to release the Democrats’ memo to the full House.

The committee has yet to vote on releasing the Nunes-led memo from beyond Congress’ walls — though Republican lawmakers have come out in favor of doing so, even getting #ReleaseTheMemo to trend on Twitter.

Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department have been allowed to see the memo, and only select lawmakers have been granted permission by Nunes to view it in the House’s safe space.

The only way the memo would be released is if a majority on the committee agrees to declassify it. Then, the executive branch has five days to sign-off on it to make it public.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., called the memo “alarming” from the House floor last week.

“I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available so all Americans can judge for themselves,” he said.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration won’t comment on if it backs releasing the Nunes memo, but that it supports “full transparency.”

Republicans have used the memo as a rallying cry as they continue to allege the FBI’s investigation into President Trump and his associates, specifically Carer Page, was politically biased and used incorrect information contained in the largely unverified, now infamous Trump dossier.

As of this week, roughly 200 lawmakers have seen the memo or been briefed on its contacts.