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Van Jones to Trump over memos: You are ‘cherry-picking’ the facts

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CNN political commentator Van Jones said Friday that President Trump is “cherry-picking” the information he chooses to release after Trump blocked the release of the Democratic memo meant to rebut a GOP document declassified last week.

“Not only are you cherry-picking data, not only are you cherry-picking the facts, you are cherry-picking your concerns about national security,” Jones told host Anderson Cooper. “This is a very bad day for America.”

Jones called out the president for citing the need to protect classified information as a reason to withhold the release of the Democratic memo while approving the release of the Republican-drafted memo despite similar concerns.

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“Sure, you try to protect sources and methods but you weren’t concerned about sources and methods last week,” Jones said. “You’re concerned about it this week.”

Trump moved last week to declassify a memo written by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) over objections from the FBI and the Justice Department.

The memo alleged that senior members of the FBI and Justice Department improperly secured a surveillance warrant for a former adviser to Trump’s campaign. Trump has claimed that memo “totally vindicates” him from the ongoing Russia probe, yet many analysts and even members of his own party have disagreed.

Jones said Friday night that the country is moving in the direction of a one-party state and the idea of the minority party having certain rights and privileges has been “flushed down the toilet.”

“What is left now hanging out there are some of the worst allegations against the FBI — that they’re corrupt at the top — and stuff was put out there over the objections of our national security community. This is a very dangerous moment,” he said.

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