Last week, House Republicans released a memo that undermined the FBI, alleging them of abusing power for the Russia investigation. The House Intelligence Committee unanimously agreed days after that a Democratic rebuttal was to be released after Donald Trump had read it.
On Friday, Trump decided against the release of the Democratic memo.
White House counsel Don McGahn said in a statement on Friday that although Trump was inclined to declassify the memo, it “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time.”
Last week, Trump approved the release of the Republican memo, which he said “totally vindicates” him of wrongdoing in the ongoing Russia investigation.
The Republican memo claimed the FBI improperly obtained a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Democrats argued that Republicans “cherry-picked” information to make the FBI seem biased against Trump.
White House officials had suggested Trump would release the Democratic rebuttal memo, but now Trump has decided against it.