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Trump will clear Dems' intel memo for release

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"He has it. It's pretty lengthy," Kelly told reporters Tuesday at the White House.

"Oh, of course, yeah," Kelly responded when asked if the president would read the document following the event.

White House aides have said all week the president has been hearing from a range of opinions about its contents and what he should decide to do with it -- a list that includes keeping it classified, releasing it as-is, or making it public with any sensitive parts blacked out. At the same time, Trump and his senior staff were shuffling through their collective response to an abuse scandal that forced former Staff Secretary Rob Porter from his post.

"We'll get some people down to brief him on it," Kelly said. One was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who some Democrats and Trump critics have warned the president might fire, using the GOP memo as justification.

"He met with the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, within the last hour to discuss some of the differences between the two memos," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday afternoon. "When (the review is) completed, the president will be given a thorough briefing on the findings of the different organizations and stakeholders that are involved, and will make a determination at that time."


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