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Trump Asks for Democratic Memo ‘Re-Do’ After Blocking Release

  • President says House committee can revise memo and resubmit it
  • Justice Department cited sensitive portions, White House says
President Donald Trump at the White House on Feb. 9.

President Donald Trump at the White House on Feb. 9.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

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President Donald Trump defended his decision not to release the Democratic rebuttal of a Republican memo that alleged bias and misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department early in their investigation of Russian election interference, saying on Twitter that the document was “very political.”

“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 said in a tweet. “Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”