Schumer, Pelosi rip Trump's decision to block Dem memo

Schumer, Pelosi rip Trump's decision to block Dem memo
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Democratic congressional leaders are blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE's decision to block the release of a Democratic memo aimed at rebutting a GOP document alleging surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMeadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) both accused Trump of applying a double standard by approving the release of the GOP memo but not the Democratic one.

“The President’s double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling," Schumer said in a statement.


"The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that’s harmful to him. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?”

Pelosi said Trump's move showed that his decision to release the document authored by staff for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.) last week was "blatantly political."

"The hypocrisy is on full display. What does the President have to hide?" Pelosi tweeted.

Trump on Friday blocked the release of the Democratic document, which aims to rebut the Nunes memo alleging that senior FBI and Justice Department officials misused their authority to obtain a surveillance order on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

In a letter to Nunes, White House counsel Don McGahn said that the president was "inclined to declassify" the Democratic memo, but that administration officials believed it would create "especially significant concerns" for national security.

After the GOP memo was made public last week, Trump declared that it "totally vindicates" him in the investigation into whether members of his campaign conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 election. 

Democrats raised concerns about the Republican memo, however, saying that it omitted necessary information to put its claims in the proper context.