According to a statement released by White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah Friday afternoon, President Trump met with top officials at the FBI and the Justice Department Friday, regarding the Democrats’ rebuttal to the FISA abuse memo, and is weighing his options.
The Washington Times reported:
President Trump met Friday with FBI Director Christopher Wray and others to discuss releasing a 10-page Democratic memo that is a rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority.
Mr. Trump huddled with Mr. Wray, principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Robert Hur and staff from the White House Counsel’s Office “to receive their input” on the memo, said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah.
“The president is weighing his options and will respond soon,” Mr. Shah said.
The president faced a Friday deadline to decide on releasing the memo, and he told reporters earlier in the day, “It’s going to be released soon.”
The Democratic memo, written by Rep. Adam Schiff of California, is expected to rebut the Republican memo, which accuses the FBI of abusing the procedure for obtaining a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Dem memo: WH says Pres Trump met this afternoon with FBI Dir Wray and other officials from DOJ and the WH Counsel’s Office to discuss releasing the Democratic memo from House Intelligence. “The President is weighing his options and will respond soon,” says @RajShah45.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 9, 2018
White House says Trump met today with Wray and a senior DOJ official to discuss Democratic memo. “The president is weighing his options and will respond soon,” says @RajShah45
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 9, 2018
BREAKING per White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah re: Dem FISA memo –
“The President is weighing his options and will respond soon.”
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) February 9, 2018
NEW: Statement from @RajShah45 to Pool: @realDonaldTrump met with @fbi director, Principal Associate Deputy AG, & WH counsel to discuss DEM Memo this afternoon . “The president is weighing his options and will respond soon.” pic.twitter.com/mZ8bth8weE
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) February 9, 2018