February 5, 2018 / 11:51 PM / a year ago

U.S. House intelligence panel votes to release Democratic memo

FILE PHOTO - Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member on the House Intelligence Committee, arrives to watch U.S. President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to a memo written by the panel’s Republicans that accused the FBI and the Justice Department of bias against President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, the committee’s top Democrat said.

Representative Adam Schiff told reporters the document would now go to the White House on Monday night, and that it would be “very hard” for the Trump administration to block its release.

Trump will have five days to decide whether to block the release of the classified document.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech

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