President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiTrump and son signal support for McCarthy as next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film 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 NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia Dems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Schiff: There is legal precedent for impeaching sitting officials over prior criminal conduct 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.