The Los Angeles Times reports that the White House has delayed the release of a Democratic memo on the government surveillance of a former Trump campaign advisor, saying that it contains sensitive information that would compromise national security.
In a letter sent to the House Intelligence Committee, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said that Trump was “inclined to declassify” the Democrats’ 10-page document, but was holding back because of requested redactions from the Justice Department and the FBI.
“Given the public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances,” the administration said Justice Department officials would consult with the committee on releasing a new version, McGahn wrote.
The decision came after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein sent a letter to the White House pointing out specific parts of the Democratic memo they said might compromise national security or intelligence sources.