Multiple sources have spoken out on the fact that Dem Rep. Adam Schiff purposely added sources and methods to the Democratic Memo to force Trump’s hand in redacting it.
From White House aide Marc Short:
“We believe Congressman Schiff intentionally put in there methods and sources that he knew would need to be redacted. And if we redacted it, there would be an outcry that says the White House is trying to edit it,” Short said. “So, we said take it back, work with the FBI, clean it up and we’ll release it.”
John Roberts of Fox report on it.
Sources tell @foxnews that the @AdamSchiffCA memo contains information pertaining to “sources and methods” that will likely require redaction. One source says this was done tactically to force the @realDonaldTrump into making changes – setting up a contrast with GOP memo
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 6, 2018
And of course President Donald Trump
The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Now, the left will continue to deny this but it has become increasingly obvious it was set up. The Democrats didn’t back the release of the Republican’s memo due to the fact they claimed it contained “sources and methods” that were classified. Well, the memo was released and it contained neither of those. Yet, the Democratic memo (which Republicans voted to release) is the only memo containing information that needs redactions.
I am for full transparency as it pertains to finding out what happened in this FISA process but it is clear that the Democrats are just playing games. If the Democrats believed their memo was all they are claiming it is they would’ve voted for the release of the Republican memo and let the facts win out. Clearly, they decided to play partisan politics with issues of National Security instead.