To release, or not to release, that is the question
A House Representatives Committee has voted unanimously on Monday to publish a classified document that the Democrats claim will clarify things regarding the…
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In an ideal democracy, all parties have a voice and a vote, and all opinions must be taken into account. President Trump will prove the validity of this type of democracy this week, by approving the release (or not) of the confidential 10-page Democratic document that a Committee in the House of Representatives has described as worthy of public knowledge.
Just days ago, the President approved the publication of a first Republican memorandum in which the FBI's action in the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential elections of 2016 was questioned, with the clear intention of discrediting an investigation that leads out the bureau in conjunction with the Department of Justice about a possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign.
According to Reuters, if the president declines to publish now the Democratic counterpart of the matter, "it could set up an angry dispute pitting the White House and many of Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress against Democrats, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies."
However, several Republicans who make up the congressional committee have voted in favor of its release, knowing that the president's reaction will put them on a swampy ground in the face of public opinion.
The Democrats for their part claim that the so-called “Nunes Memo” did not have all the necessary information and that its intention was mediated by a political interest that would allow the president to dismiss the special lawyer Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, who is in charge of supervising an investigation that’s been hot on his heels.
"We think this will help inform the public of many distortions and inaccuracies," said California Representative Adam B. Schiff in announcing the results of the Committee's vote. "We also want to make sure that the White House doesn’t redact our memo for political purposes," he continued. "There is a growing sense of panic, clearly, within the White House and on the Hill."
One way or another, the decision is now in Tump’s hands, who will have until Friday to make his will public. However, under the rules of the Congress, if the president refused to publish it, the House of Representatives could override his decision and proceed to release it, as the Washington Post explained
But several people familiar with the discussion have assured the Post that Trump could publish the memo after making some "important redactions" to the document.
While this strategy may help him to look good in front of public opinion - considering that he has claimed the victory of the Nunes Memo release, saying it has cleared his name - refusing to publish the Democratic memo would increase the pressure on his alleged obstruction of justice.