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    Trump: Democratic Memo on Russia 'Very Political & Long', Must be 'Redacted'

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    The Democrats have prepared a document in response to the release of the GOP memo that shed a light on the FBI's and the Justice Department's bias against Donald Trump in the first stages of the investigation of the alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 US presidential election.

    US President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of the Democratic memo on Russia that had been prepared by the Democrats amid the federal probe into the election interference. The president underscored in a Twitter post that the document is "very political" and should be "heavily redacted" before being made public.

    The new document was blocked because of the "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages," according to a letter sent by White House counsel Don McGahn to the House Intelligence Committee that leads the probe. McGahn said the president is "inclined" to release the document if it's corrected.

    The Democrats have demanded that Trump release their memo regarding the Russian investigation in a response to the release of the Republican memo enraged the Justice Department and the FBI. Rep. Adam Schiff of California said the president had to give public an opportunity to take a look at the situation from the other angle.

    The four-page document prepared by the Republicans sharply criticized the decision-making mechanism in the Justice Department and the FBI, which were allegedly biased in favor of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The memo also reads that the FBI was spying on Trump campaign aide Carter Page basing on the findings of the controversial "Trump dossier" that alleged the Republican presidential candidate colluded with the Russian government before and during the 2016 election campaign. The intelligence services haven't confirmed whether the findings of the Clinton campaign-funded dossier were true.

    In 2017, four separate probes in the US Congress concerning allegations of Russian election meddling were launched, including the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees and the House’s Intelligence and Oversight panels.

    Russian officials have repeatedly denied the accusations of attempting to influence elections in different countries. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the allegations "absolutely groundless;" Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was no evidence of Russian meddling in any elections, including in the US, France and Germany; Russian President Vladimir Putin has also commented on the issue, saying it is the US that meddles in foreign states' political affairs all over the world, but Washington is trying to accuse Moscow of the meddling.

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