Dems respond to Trump by telling him to #ReleaseTheMemo

Dems respond to Trump by telling him to #ReleaseTheMemo
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Democratic lawmakers are blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE's decision to block the release of a memo countering a GOP surveillance document, calling on Trump to #ReleaseTheMemo.

Democrats took to social media on Friday, seizing on the same rallying cry used by Trump supporters and Republican lawmakers to push for the release of the initial GOP memo earlier this month.

Dozens of Republicans called for the release of the GOP memo earlier this month that alleges improper surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Trump has said that the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.

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The GOP memo, drafted by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.), was declassified by Trump last week and released by Trump, despite objections from the FBI and Justice Department.

The Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week to release the Democratic-drafted response to the memo, which Trump objected to on Friday, leading a number of Democrats and some Republicans to criticize the move.

The White House said Trump "is inclined to declassify" the Democratic memo but the administration believes it would create “significant concerns” for “national security and law enforcement interests.”

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems press Barr to make Mueller report public Schiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence panel who wrote the countermemo, said Friday that he would review redactions for the memo put forward by the FBI and Justice Department.