U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9, 2018.
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By Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick / AP
Updated: February 10, 2018 10:12 AM ET

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is explaining his decision not to declassify a Democratic memo, saying the document is “very political” and needs heavy redactions.

The White House told the House Intelligence Committee the president is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe.

Trump followed up with a tweet Saturday saying Democrats “knew, because of sources and methods (and more)” that it could not be declassified and released in full. He then claimed that Democrats would in turn blame the White House “for lack of transparency.”

It was not clear what the president meant by “(and more).” The Democratic memo is a response to a Republican memo alleging abuse of those surveillance powers.



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