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>> The House Intelligence Committee on Monday voted to release a Democratic response rebutting a controversial Republican 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.>> House Republicans last week declassified a memo accusing the FBI of using politically tainted evidence to justify its surveillance of a Trump campaign advisor.
Democrats decried the Republican memo as dangerous and demanded the committee release a version correcting the record. Republicans who control the committee initially refused, but on Monday relented.>> The majority found themselves in a insupportable position when they released a misleading memo and refused to release the Democratic response.
>> The drama of the dueling memos is the latest twist in the investigation into allegations Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. And whether President Donald Trump or members of his campaign solicited or received help from Russia.>> Democrats say Republicans' memo is an effort to take the heat off the President.
>> There is a rising sense of panic, clearly within the White House, and as well on The Hill.>> Over the weekend, Trump claimed the Republican memo totally vindicates him. But members of his own party aren't so sure.>> I actually don't think it has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason.
>> The memo has no impact on the Russia probe?>> Not to me it doesn't, and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it.>> But whether the Democratic version will ever be released, or in what form, is up to the President. The committee sent the draft to the White House and the Justice Department to review before publication.
>> I think it's gonna be very hard for the White House, like it was hard for the Republicans on our committee, to block release of this. I am more concerned that they make political redactions.>> Democrats stressed that they would have preferred to avoid this fight, saying the Republican decision to selectively release information is akin to prosecutors leaking evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation.