Blumenthal: Trump refusing to release Dem memo is 'evidence of obstruction of justice'

Blumenthal: Trump refusing to release Dem memo is 'evidence of obstruction of justice'
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE of obstructing justice by declining to release the Democratic response to the GOP surveillance memo.

Trump on Friday said he would not declassify the memo, which outlines House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ rebuttal to the GOP document that accuses the FBI and Justice Department of surveillance abuses.

“Refusal to release Democratic response to #NunesMemo - evidence of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump happening in real time,” Blumenthal tweeted.

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Trump cited national security concerns in deciding to block the release of the memo, which the committee voted earlier this week to release.

Democrats accused Trump of exhibiting a double standard by blocking the memo after approving the release of the GOP document last week over the objections of the FBI.

“Trump’s refusal to release Democratic response to #NunesMemo makes a mockery of national security and common sense,” Blumenthal tweeted.

“This political ploy reveals the White House’s one-sided transparency. But the public sees through it - the #NunesMemo fell with a deafening thud.”

Democrats have come out in droves to criticize Trump’s decision, with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMore Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine Whistleblower fuels impeachment talk Pressure on Pelosi to impeach Trump grows MORE (D-Calif.) saying that Trump must have "something to hide."

Some GOP lawmakers have also blasted the move, saying the American people should have the opportunity to read both memos.