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Trump to 'respond soon' on request to declassify Democratic memo

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump met with key law enforcement figures Friday and will "respond soon" to a request to declassify a Democratic memo related to the probe and surveillance of a former Trump campaign associate, according to his spokesman.

Raj Shah, deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement released Friday afternoon that Trump had met with FBI Director Andrew McCabe, top officials from the Justice Department and White House Counsel's office "to discuss the memorandum from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and receive their input."

"The president is weighing his options and will respond soon," Shah added.

The memo is a Democratic response to one drafted and released last week by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The Republican memo alleged that the FBI and Justice Deportment committed abuses in their efforts to obtain surveillance warrants to monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

The intelligence committee voted unanimously late Monday to release the Democratic memo, giving Trump five days to weigh in on whether it should be made fully public, partially public or remain classified.

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