SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- President Trump released a secret memo Friday, billed by Republicans as a bombshell undercutting the Russia investigation.
The memo points to the now-famous “Steele Dossier,” suggesting then-candidate Trump could be subject to Russian blackmail. The memo says the surveillance would not have been ordered without that dossier and its author was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected.
Republicans claim that’s proof the FBI was politically motivated.
But Democrats say the memo does not give the full picture and could give the president cover to undermine or fire Special Council Robert Mueller.
As the memo became public, Senator Pat Toomey was visiting a business in Scranton.
He was touting the benefits of the recent tax reform bill at JED Pool Tools. The company plans to use additional money to buy more machines.
At the same time, Toomey said he had not yet gotten to read the memo, but agrees transparency is in the public’s best interest.
“As long as there are no direct national security risks, I think it’s good that the memo be released,” he said. “I understand the Democrats on the committee have produced a competing narrative, in their own memorandum, that has not had the time to be vetted, but it will and it should be released once it’s been determined that it’s not a national security risk.”
Senator Bob Casey sent Eyewitness News a statement shortly after the memo was released. It reads in part:
“This release indicated that many House Republicans have proven once again that, in the Mueller probe, they are recklessly differential to President Trump.”