President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE on Saturday accused Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee of purposefully putting sensitive information in their memo, forcing Trump to block its release.

“What you’ve seen here is another partisan issue, which is the Democrats specifically put information in this memo that they knew the White House could not sign off on because of national security reasons,” Lewandowski said on "Fox & Friends."

“What the White House is asking the Democrats to do is go back and remove the information from the memorandum that would allow the White House to release all the information,” he said. “But look, this is a partisan issue now. This is about politics.”


Lewandowski claimed that Democrats on the committee put classified information in the memo so that if the White House did move to release it, it would be heavily redacted and allow Democrats to accuse Republicans of playing partisan politics.

The White House announced Friday that Trump would not yet approve the release of the Democratic memo, which is aimed at rebutting a GOP-drafted document for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes Nunes used political donations for K in NBA tickets, winery tours, Vegas trips: report MORE (R-Calif.) that was released in full.

White House counsel Don McGahn explained in a letter to Nunes that “although the president is inclined to declassify” the Democratic memo, the administration believes it would create “especially significant concerns” for “national security and law enforcement interests.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI objected to the declassification of the GOP memo released last week, which alleged senior FBI and DOJ officials used the “Steele dossier” when seeking a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to Trump after the president attacked Democrats for sending "a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency."
“Mr. President, what you call ‘political’ are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn’t decided to release the GOP memo ('100%') before reading it and over the objections of the FBI,” Schiff tweeted.

Speaking on "Fox & Friends" earlier this month about the GOP memo, Lewandowski asserted, "This is one of the grossest abuses of power we’ve seen from a government agency and there has to be accountability.”

On Saturday, Lewandowski doubled down on his previous comments, adding that the Republican memo did not contain classified information, unlike the Democratic memo.

“What we saw with the Republican memo is there was no information in there that couldn’t be released, so the White House declassified it and said sure feel free to put it out," he said.