Dem: Trump blocking memo shows he's 'not interested in transparency'

Dem: Trump blocking memo shows he's 'not interested in transparency'
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Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellDemocrats unite to expand Social Security Senate panel postpones election security bill markup over lack of GOP support Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down MORE (D-Ala.) torched President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE for blocking the release Friday of the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo, accusing him of “derailing” the investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.

Trump said he would not allow the release of the Democratic memo, which is aimed at rebutting the GOP-drafted document alleging that FBI and Justice Department officials improperly obtained surveillance warrants on a former Trump campaign adviser.


“Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence Committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to release this memo,” tweeted Sewell, a member of the committee.

“[Donald Trump] is not interested in transparency, he is interested in protecting himself and derailing the Russia investigation.”

Trump last week approved the release of the GOP memo. The president claimed that memo, which FBI officials strongly recommended against releasing, “totally vindicates” him in the Russia probes.

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democratic response, pending Trump’s approval. Trump decided Friday not to declassify the document and allow its release, citing national security concerns.