WASHINGTON — The White House says it has a classified memo prepared by Democrats on the House intelligence committee in the panel’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
House Republicans are holding their weekly news conference at 10 a.m. today. Watch their remarks in the player above.
The committee voted unanimously Monday to release the memo. The memo pushes back against a GOP document the committee cleared for release last week that criticizes the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a one-time Trump campaign associate.
The Democratic document attempts to counter arguments and evidence presented by committee Republicans.
Previously, the president has said the memo “totally vindicates” him. When House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about Trump’s comments in today’s conference, he didn’t directly answer whether the memo vindicated the president.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Democratic memo will go through the same legal and national security review as the GOP memo, which was released last week.
President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo to be released.