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Trump: Dems 'knew' countermemo would require heavy redactions

Trump: Dems 'knew' countermemo would require heavy redactions
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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 on Saturday defended his decision to block the release of a memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, claiming Democrats knew their document would have to be heavily redacted.

"The Democrats sent 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," Trump tweeted.

"Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!"

The comments come after the White House announced Friday that Trump is not ready to approve the release of the Democratic memo meant to rebut a document he declassified last week that was authored by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

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The GOP memo alleges that senior FBI and Justice Department officials improperly secured warrants to surveil a former adviser to Trump's campaign. Trump has pointed to that memo, claiming it "totally vindicates" himself in the ongoing Russia probe.

White House counsel Don McGahn wrote a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Friday explaining 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.”

Trump’s legal team insists that it came to that conclusion at the behest of senior officials at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department.