'That's it?' Former FBI chief James Comey scoffs at declassified GOP memo
04 Febrero 2018, 11:59 | Gervasio Siguenza
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House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that the Nunes memo has no bearing on the Russia probe. Sources told The New York Timeson Friday that the Democratic memo also says the FBI informed the FISC that the dossier was politically motivated, but did not reveal which political entity specifically financed it.
"It is critical that we focus on specific actions and specific actors and not use this memo to impugn the integrity of the justice system and FBI, which continue to serve the American people with honor", Ryan said.
"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe", the president tweeted, referring to himself in the third person. "They know they're not being honest actors, and I get tired of playing wack-a-mole everyday with the Democrats on this committee who never wanted to start this investigation in the first place", he said, later adding: "These guys tell so many lies you can't keep track of them".
The tweet is especially notable since Trump once argued the FBI's mistreatment of a Democrat, Hillary Clinton, in its handling of the investigation into her email server led him to fire Comey.
Hours after the memo was released, FBI director Christopher Wray sought to rally agents and analysts with a memo of his own.
"This was phase one".
Politico calls the release "a dramatic new stage in the GOP's effort to delegitimize the federal probe".
Democrats say their counter-memo restores context and information left out of the Republican version.
FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a message to bureau employees apparently aimed at boosting morale after the memo's release.
Rasmussen pollsters "just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain 'sacred cows.' Other Trump polls are way up also".
The memo's release threatens to further fracture the frayed relationship between the president and his Justice Department and intelligence community, both of which opposed the release of the document, which is based on classified intelligence.
The memo stated that one initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant and three subsequent FISA court renewal warrants were obtained to conduct electronic surveillance on Trump's volunteer campaign adviser, Carter Page.
"The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's", Sen. No, it isn't, not by a long shot.
Asked about the contents of the memo, Mr Trump said a lot of people should be "ashamed of themselves".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Nancy Pelosi, and eight other Democrats issued a statement claiming that the memo was an attempt to sabotage the investigation into Russia's interference in the US elections.
Trump has been subject to a public and private pressure campaign on the memo, too.
Also, Nadler wrote, Nunes provides no proof that the government "knowingly and intentionally, or with reckless disregard for the truth" misled the FISA court with its warrant application - what Nadler and others identify as an established legal standard.
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