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Dem senator: ‘White House has been contemptible about’ national security

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday said the White House “has been contemptible” about national security as Democrats look to refute a memo crafted by House Intelligence chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump likely to approve release of Dem memo: report Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Mark Levin: Clinton colluded with Russia, ‘paid for a warrant’ to surveil Carter Page MORE’ (R-Calif.) that alleges surveillance abuses at the Justice Department.

“This White House has been contemptible about security,” Blumenthal told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”

“I’m going to be calling later today for the 30-40 names of the interim security clearances because I believe they are a threat to national security. They owe us those names,” he continued.

Security matters and that’s why the refutation of the Nunes [memo] also matters,” he said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump‘s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE on Friday blocked the release of a Democratic countermemo from the House Intelligence Committee just one week after the White House authorized the release of the Nunes memo.

White House counsel Don McGahn said the administration believed releasing the Democratic memo  would create “especially significant concerns” for “national security and law enforcement interests.”

The House Intelligence Committee’s ranking member Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump likely to approve release of Dem memo: report Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Trump to be briefed on Democratic memo MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that Trump does not want the public to see to see the “underlying facts” in the Democratic countermemo because they would undercut his “claim of vindication” in the Russia probe.

“The president doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Schiff said.

Blumenthal said on CNN that Democrats on the committee are “being very responsible to work with the FBI and the Department of Justice to eliminate any parts of [the countermemo] that may compromise security.”

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