now things get interesting
President Trump blasted House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" on Monday, dimming hopes that a classified Democratic rebuttal to the so-called Nunes memo might get released:
The Nunes memo, compiled for committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), was released last Friday after Republican members voted for its declassification and likewise blocked the release of a Democratic memo. Now, though, some of the same Republicans plus House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have suggested they are in favor of releasing the Democratic memo.
The four-page Nunes memo purports to show that the FBI improperly omitted the political origins of a dossier used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The Democratic memo reportedly shoots those assertions down.
"This doesn't bode well for declassification of the Democratic memo," tweeted Politico's Kyle Cheney in response to Trump's tweet. "If [Trump] disapproves, it would force the House into a full, closed session to override him."