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BREAKING: Released Memo Confirms Dossier Was Used to Obtain FISA Warrant on Trump Campaign

US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon return to the White House

President Trump said Saturday morning that a disputed four-page House Intelligence Committee memo, composed by Republicans and declassified by him on Friday, "totally vindicates 'Trump'" in an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including possible ties to his campaign.

Democrats and intelligence officials objected to its release on the grounds that it provided a selective, politicized view of raw intelligence matter.

The memo accuses the FBI and the US Justice Department of misleading a judge when they applied for a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

While many Republicans had argued the release was necessary to shed light on what they say is bias in the FBI, Democrats and intelligence officials say it poses a national security risk. Mueller could argue that the president's comments that Rosenstein was not "loyal" and his desire to fire Rosenstein suggest Trump's unlawful intent when he fired Comey. The FBI and the Justice Department's bureaucracy, being out of options for saving their reputations, their pensions, and perhaps for keeping themselves out of jail, urge President Trump to advise the House to guard the secrecy of the summary, of the activities that it describes, and hence to save their bacon. He visited Russia at least twice in 2016 and acknowledged in an earlier interview with the House Intelligence Committee that he'd met with government officials and others there.

"Talk is cheap; the work you do is what will endure", he said.

They said they hoped the panel would vote on Monday to release their own memo responding to the allegations.

FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a message to bureau employees apparently aimed at boosting morale after the memo's release.

Trump has complained bitterly about Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's inquiry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped aside.

But The Washington Post reported late Friday night that the court that approved the warrant was aware at the time that the dossier's production was politically motivated.

That investigation, which Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt", is now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller, himself a former FBI director.

Looking ahead to the midterms, it doesn't look like Nunes's new notoriety will cost him electorally back home in Central California's heavily Republican 22nd district.

A red hat reading "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" sits on a table while President Trump holds a tax reform meeting with workers in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

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Nadler's document echoes remarks by California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, who told reporters Friday that the Republican memo "cherry picks" information from McCabe's testimony.

Other leading figures, including Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, an Arizona Republican, are issuing dire warnings of the potential damage that undermining US institutions could cause.

"Bob Mueller should be allowed to turn over every rock, pursue every lead, so that we can have trust in knowing what actually the Russians did or did not do", Hurd said.

US President Donald Trump says a controversial memo attacking federal law enforcement written by congressional Republicans vindicates him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The train was carrying numerous Republican members of Congress from Washington to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, when it hit a truck in Crozet, Virginia.

"The FBI knowingly took false information from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign and then used it to smear Donald Trump in order to hurt his campaign", Gosar wrote. The evening's address was the first time that the first couple had been spotted together publicly since New Year's Eve.

Schumer said Americans are getting a one-sided account of the FBI's role in the investigation.

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