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Schlapp: Democratic FBI Memo Facing Same Process as GOP Document

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 02:40 PM

President Donald Trump has up to five days to declassify a Democratic rebuttal to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' FBI spying memo, and the new memo will undergo the same scrutiny, White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp said Tuesday.

"I do not know if the president himself has seen it personally," Schlapp told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. "It is going through the same process and procedure that we did with the previous memo."

That means the document will be reviewed by the White House national security team, as well as the legal team, said Schlapp, who would not indicate if Trump will end up declassifying it.

"It takes time to review and has to go through the national security team and legal team as well," Schlapp said.

The key will be to protect national security, while determining if there are parts of the document that will need to be redacted, Schlapp said, while still providing the information needed so Americans can see if there was political bias associated with the FBI's decision to seek a surveillance warrant on former Trump aide Carter Page.

Meanwhile, Schlapp referred questions on whether Trump will speak with special counsel Robert Mueller or his team.

"We've provided dozens of witnesses as well as thousands of pages of documents as we continue to see there has been no collusion," Schlapp said, adding that the White House is focused on the "agenda of the American people," including the economy and its successes.

"We'll continue to be focused on the fight this week happening on the hill with the continuing resolution expiring on Thursday and focusing on immigration reform as well," Schlapp said.

The White House is also concerned about the setbacks in the stock market on Monday, but is also looking at long-term strong economic fundamentals, she added.

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