Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'

President has sent Dems' memo back to HIC for revisions due to 'classified' and 'sensitive' passages
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2018 6:00 AM CST
Dems React as Trump Blocks Memo: 'Hypocrisy at Its Worst'
President Trump speaks in the Oval Office on Friday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Earlier Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters about the 10-page Democratic rebuttal memo to the GOP memo alleging wrongdoing in the FBI and DOJ, noting that the Dem memo is "going to be released soon." "Soon" may be relative, however, as Trump, via a letter sent Friday evening from his lawyer, Don McGahn, to the House Intelligence Committee, said he won't release the memo as is because it "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages," per the New York Times. McGahn's letter noted Trump was "inclined to declassify" the memo and could change his mind if certain revisions recommended by the DOJ and FBI were made to "mitigate the risks." The ball now lies in the HIC's hands: If the panel decides not to make the requested changes, it would need a full House vote to override the president.

Per CNN, Rep. Devin Nunes, the GOPer who pushed for the original memo's release, said in a statement "it's no surprise" the Dem memo had to go back for revisions and that he had "warned that the Democratic memo contains many sources and methods." The top-ranking Democrat on the HIC, Rep. Adam Schiff, had worried Trump might push for "political edits" and said in his own statement the committee will now go over the revisions to "address any concerns." Other Dems weren't as reserved in their reactions. Per the Hill, Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted Friday night: "Evidence of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump happening in real time." Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Trump's decision "hypocrisy at its worst," while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used similarly pointed words: "Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: What is he hiding?" (More President Trump stories.)

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