House panel votes to release Democrats' Russia memo

A intelligence memo is photographed in Washington, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. After President Donald Trump declassified the memo, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released the memo based on classified information that alleges the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee has voted to release a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo on the Russia investigation.

The panel vote was unanimous to make the classified Democratic document public. It now goes to President Donald Trump for a five-day review, and he will decide whether to allow its release — as he did with the Republican document last week.

The Democratic document aims to counter the Republican document, which accused the FBI and Justice Department of abusing their authority in monitoring a onetime Trump campaign associate.

A White House spokesman says Trump will "consider" the Democratic memo's release the same way he considered the Republican document.

Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff says a Twitter attack from Trump amounts to "false smears."

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, responded to Trump on Twitter on Monday after the president called him one of the "biggest liars and leakers in Washington."

Says Schiff: "Mr. President, I see you've had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or ... really anything else."

The California Democrat has slammed the release of a congressional memo that alleges FBI surveillance abuses in an investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties.

Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him. But Democratic and Republican lawmakers say that assertion is wrong.