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US lawmakers caution Trump against firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

US lawmakers caution Trump against firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

WASHINGTON ― In a move meant to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign, President Donald Trump on Friday approved the declassification of a Republican-authored memo that alleges wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI.

The memo accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of using misleading information when they sought approval from a top secret court to monitor the communications of a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, on October 21, 2016.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is slamming the release of a congressional memo that alleges FBI surveillance abuses in an investigation into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties.

"Senior management and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of justice have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against the Republicans, something that was unthinkable until recently", wrote trump on his Twitter.

Republicans have publicly insisted the memo doesn't undermine the credibility of the probe. The Democratic document attempts to counter some of the arguments and evidence put forward by the Republicans.

Some Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said over the weekend their memo stops short of vindicating the president and urged the Mueller investigation and others to continue. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Peter King of New York, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Rep. This is one reason FBI directors traditionally enjoy 10-year terms; it's also why most of Washington was shocked when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year, after Comey had confirmed to Congress a continuing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation in 2016.

White House officials say Trump intends to clear the way for publication of the memo.

But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry.

Gowdy said there still needs to be an investigation of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort met with a Russian attorney and others promising "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. It's likely that some of that information remains highly classified, so it's quite possible the evidence Democrats say debunks the Republicans' contentions will never be disclosed to the public.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., whose actions have been at the center of the debate over the memo, did not participate in interviews Sunday.

Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, will also support releasing the Democratic memo, according to his spokeswoman Morgan Rako.

Schumer said Americans are getting a one-sided account of the FBI's role in the investigation. When they speak, we would be wise to listen.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe", the president tweeted. He said he believed the purported bias was a "disgrace" and said certain people should be "ashamed of themselves".

Both he and the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, Representative Adam Schiff, contested the suggestion that the FBI's request to a special court for authority to surveil Page failed to note that it was based in part on a dossier paid for by Democrats.

Democrats on the intelligence panel made a last-ditch effort Wednesday evening to stop the release, saying the memo had been "secretly altered" by the Republicans who wrote it.

The memo confirms the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign began in July 2016, months before the surveillance warrant was sought, and was "triggered" by information concerning campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

The firing of Mueller or Rosenstein would be "an extreme event" that "could lead to a confrontation we do not need in America", Durbin said.

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