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Trump blocks Democratic memo on Russia probe

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US has stopped the release of a Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claim that the FBI misused its powers in conducting the probe.

The informed this on Friday and said the Democratic memo contained several classified passages.

It said Trump "will not release the memo at this time, and has sent it back to the for changes", a report said.

In a letter to the committee, said, "although the is inclined to declassify the February 5 Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time."

Trump had said earlier on Friday planned to release the memo. "It's gonna be released soon," Trump told reporters, adding, "We're going to release a letter."

The voted unanimously on Monday to release the 10-page Democratic memo, and the committee rules gave Trump five days to decide whether to block or allow its release.

The memo was written by of California, the top Democrat on the committee, to rebut the Republican memo released one week prior.

The Republican memo had accused the of suppressing Democratic ties to an opposition research dossier on Trump and used to procure a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against former Trump

The FBI and the Justice Department are probing the interference of in the 2016 presidential poll.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 09:26 IST
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