Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Rep. Sewell Statement on Trump’s Refusal to Release Memo

Feb 9, 2018
Press Release
The President refused to approve the public release of the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the White House announced that it would not release a Democratic memo rebutting allegations made by a Republican-authored document against the FBI. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) serves on the House Intelligence Committee, which previously voted to release the Democratic memo with the unanimous support of both parties.

“Just two weeks ago, President Trump authorized the release of a classified Republican memo attacking the FBI, even after the Department of Justice warned against its publication,” said Rep. Sewell. “In order to correct the record, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a Democratic memo debunking these attacks. Now President Trump is refusing to release the Democratic memo, choosing instead to keep the public in the dark.”

“President Trump’s refusal to release all of the facts is another case of the White House putting Trump’s personal interests ahead of the public interest. Americans are counting on our government to get to the bottom of Russia’s attack on our democracy, and we cannot allow this Administration to derail our work.”


Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.