Trump says FBI, Justice Department 'politicized' investigative process in favour of Democrats

Katrina Barker
February 2, 2018

If Nunes is correct, the four-page memo reveals that high-level official of one or both agencies took the infamous Trump "dossier", which they knew to be false, to the Foreign Intelligence Court and misled a judge into approving wiretapping the Trump campaign. Since pledging to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, Congressman Nunes has abused his position to launch a highly unethical and unsafe cover-up campaign for the White House. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray (who was appointed by Trump after he fired previous director James Comey) reportedly warned the White House that releasing the memo could set a risky precedent.

The four-page memo, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said is inaccurate and missing critical context, asserts that current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department leaders signed off on a surveillance warrant to monitor communications of a former Trump campaign associate. The FBI also expressed that the agency has "grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

Democrats have charged that Nunes and his Republican colleagues are seeking to undermine the Russian Federation investigation by releasing the memo.

Wray was allowed to read the memo in a protected room at the House on Sunday, but he was not given an opportunity to suggest changes, according to two officials.

Yesterday FBI Director Wray went public with his objections, cutting against the wishes of a president who appears to prize personal loyalty above all.

Justice Department officials have said its release could jeopardise classified information. 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.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the US Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 21, 2017.

The president and his aides seriously considered the concerns of Wray and others, but believe release of the memo will not expose sources and methods of obtaining classified information, the officials said. "The Justice Department called it "reckless" and said the memo was incorrect". The draft, created during an African Union summit on Sunday and Monday, says heads of state and government are "deeply appalled" by Trump's reported comparison of African countries to a dirty toilet.

Democrats have also raised questions over whether Mr Trump worked with Mr Nunes to produce the memo.

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