President Trump blocks the release of Democratic Russia memo:
Donald Trump has blocked the launch of a Democratic rebuttal to a Republican memo alleging bias against the US president over the FBI’s Russia probe.
The White House said on Friday Mr. Trump couldn’t declassify the memo due to “sensitive passages” that create “concerns for national security”.
A congressional panel this week voted unanimously to launch the document.
Democrats say their memo includes corrections to errors and omissions in the Republican document.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said it was an issue of “fundamental fairness” the memo be declassified, urging the president to prove that he wasn’t attempting to undermine the Russia investigation.
However, in a letter to the committee’s chairman, White House Counsel Don McGahn said Mr. Trump had decided against approving public release of the Democratic memo “because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified passages”.
Another letter, from FBI chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, also said releasing the memo would create national security concerns.