GOP lawmaker hits Trump over Dem memo: Americans deserve to read both

GOP lawmaker hits Trump over Dem memo: Americans deserve to read both
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted' Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received GOP congressman blasts Trump’s attack on Sanford as ‘classless’ MORE (R-Mich.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE’s decision on Friday not to declassify the Democratic response to the GOP surveillance memo.

Trump said he would not declassify the memo, blocking it from publication after the House Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week to make the document public.

“Both the Republican and Democratic [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] memos should be released,” tweeted Amash, a libertarian-leaning lawmaker who has been critical of Trump.

“I’ve read both memos. Neither one endangers national security. The American people deserve the opportunity to read both memos," he added.

The GOP memo, which accuses FBI and Justice Department officials of surveillance abuse targeting the Trump campaign, was made public last week after Trump decided to declassify it, ignoring a strong FBI recommendation not to publish it.


The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to make the Democrats’ response to the memo public, a move supported by numerous lawmakers.

White House counsel Don McGahn announced Friday that Trump would not approve the release of the memo at this time because it “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.”

Trump has already prompted major backlash from Democrats, who are accusing him of having a “double standard” in regards to transparency since he supported the release of the GOP memo.

Trump claimed that the GOP memo released last week “totally vindicates” him in the investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.