Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a joint statement Feb. 2 in response to reports that President Donald Trump will allow the release of a memo written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, based on classified material shared with certain members of Congress on a restricted basis.

“President Trump should heed the warnings of the Justice Department and FBI and reverse his reported decision to defy long-standing policies regarding the disclosure of classified information. The president’s apparent willingness to release this memo risks undermining U.S. intelligence-gathering efforts, politicizing Congress’ oversight role, and eroding confidence in our institutions of government,” the senators wrote.