Trump claims GOP memo 'totally vindicates "Trump" in probe'

The four-page document, which was drafted by Republican congressional aides, alleges that senior Federal Bureau of Investigation and justice department officials misled a special court in 2016 to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump a year ago for his handling of the Russian Federation inquiry, criticised the memo.

"The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok", the memo noted in its final paragraph.

"This is an American disgrace!" he added.

The US president has decried the allegations as fake news and a Democratic plot.

Just a day after the release of an underwhelming Republican-authored House Intelligence Committee memo alleging inappropriate law enforcement spying on Donald Trump's campaign, President Donald Trump is already using it to cast aspersions on the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

So, the FISA memo has been released. When asked if he would support its release in the future, Hurd said, "Of course, as long as it doesn't have direct revelations of existing ongoing intelligence, which I think we can take out".

Page came to the FBI's attention as early as 2013, when he met in NY with Russians who were officers of the Kremlin's foreign intelligence service, sources have said.

Regarding whether President Trump might use the Nunes memo to fire Rosenstein, Nadler contended that the GOP memo showed that the FISA process was far along before he became deputy attorney general last April.

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Steele lost his credibility, the memo alleges, for being anti-Trump.

According to an official cited in the Post on Friday, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity, the Justice Department presented "ample disclosure of relevant, material facts", to the FISA court, including that "the research was being paid for by a political entity".

Trump's tweets come after he claimed earlier Saturday that the memo vindicated him.

After much political hand-wringing, a four-page memo written by House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes was released on Friday. He said he believed the purported bias was a "disgrace" and said certain people should be "ashamed of themselves".

It alleged that a dossier compiled by Steele, and funded in part by Democrats, formed an "essential part" of requests to a special court to be allowed to conduct electronic surveillance on Page that began in October 2016. Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen.

The memo has raised concerns that the president is looking for a pretext to undermine or discredit the special counsel investigation, which now encompasses potential obstruction of justice by the White House.

The four-page memo revolves around a wiretap on Carter Page, who was briefly an adviser to the Trump campaign and a figure on the FBI's radar since at least 2013. "But they see and experience the actual work you do - keeping communities safe and our nation secure, often dealing with sensitive matters and making decisions under hard circumstances", Wray said.

During his news briefing Thursday, Ryan took a question about Democratic calls for him to replace Nunes as the intelligence chairman and turned it into praise for the tax legislation, suggesting that Democrats were guilty of trying to turn the discussion away from tax cuts and onto Russian Federation.


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