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Pelosi: Trump 'has something to hide'

Pelosi: Trump 'has something to hide'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Pelosi pushes for drug pricing measure | South Africa to resume administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine | Early data indicate Pfizer, Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant women Allow a vote on the 'Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act' Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report MORE (D-Calif.) accused the White House of politicizing U.S. intelligence and national security after President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE blocked the release of a Democratic memo, saying that the president "has something to hide."

"President Trump’s refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people," Pelosi said in a statement.

"The President’s decision to block the Democratic memo from release is part of a dangerous and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the President," she added. "Clearly, the President has something to hide."

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The California Democrat's comments came after White House counsel Don McGahn sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFormer GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE (R-Calif.) announcing that Trump had moved to block the release of a memo from Democrats on the panel.

That memo was intended to rebut a GOP document released last week alleging that the FBI and Justice Department misused their authority to obtain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

After the GOP memo was released, Democrats raised questions about the document's accuracy, and accused Republicans on the committee of trying to derail the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in order to protect Trump from scrutiny.

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to release the Democrats' rebuttal, sending it to Trump for review before it could be released.

McGahn said in his letter to Nunes that Trump was "inclined to declassify" the Democratic memo, but that the Trump administration believed it would create "significant concerns" for U.S. national security.