US President Donald Trump says a Republican memo alleging abuse of power by FBI against his 2016 campaign exonerates him in the federal investigation of Russian election meddling.
“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe,” the president wrote Saturday on Twitter. “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”
Trump on Friday cleared the release of the disputed memo, prepared by the Republican-led House intelligence committee headed by Devin Nunes.
The Justice Department and the FBI had opposed its release, with the investigating agency expressing concern about “material omissions of fact”.
He said: “Their (sic) was no Collusion (between his campaign and Russia) and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This (investigation) is an American disgrace!”
Commissioned by Nunes, the four-page memo alleges that senior officials involved in the early stages of the investigation favoured Democrats over Republicans in 2016 election.
The memo accuses the FBI and the Justice Department of misleading a judge to extend a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The FBI did not disclose in its warrant application that a dossier on Trump and Russia which gave them enough material for seeking the warrant against Page was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Democrats.
The FBI remained defiant after the release of the memo with its director trying to boost the morale of his agents.
“Talk is cheap; the work you do is what will endure,” Christopher Wray wrote in an internal note leaked to media sources.
“We speak through our work. One case at a time. One decision at a time.”
Soon after the release of the document, Trump said it contained facts which will shame many people. This stirred speculation that many top officials including Wray may resign or be sacked.