Memo’s Release Escalates Clash Over Russia Probe; Trump Says It ‘Totally Vindicates’ Him
A Republican memo released Friday by the House of Representatives alleges abuses in how top law-enforcement officials sought the surveillance of a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, suggesting partisan motives are behind the investigation of ties between the president’s associates and Russia.
The release marked the culmination of tensions this past week between congressional Republicans and the White House on one side, and Democrats and leaders in the Trump administration’s own Justice Department on the other. Top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials had publicly objected to the memo’s release, saying they had “grave concerns” about factual omissions and accuracy.
Mr. Trump, who had to sign off on the memo’s release, has been at odds for much of the past year with several Justice Department leaders having to do with the Russia probe. He fired FBI Director James Comey and publicly criticized his own appointees, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, over his recusal from the Russia matter, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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