Trump says released Republican memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe

Trump says released Republican memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe

The memo, in fact, undermined Republicans' effort to cast doubt on the roots of the investigation by confirming that the inquiry was already underway when law enforcement officials obtained a warrant from a secret intelligence court to conduct surveillance on Page.

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said on Friday he had not read the underlying materials referenced in a memo he and other Republicans on the panel assembled alleging bias against President Donald Trump in the FBI and Justice Department's Russia probes.

The memo criticizes these omissions and says Steele himself was "desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president".

"The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation", Gowdy said. "There has been no change in the president's confidence in the deputy attorney general", Shah told CNN.

The memo has become a flashpoint in the bitter dispute between Republicans and Democrats over investigations into whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

The next round of memos are unlikely to go through the same controversial process of declassifying intelligence Republicans told Axios.

An official of the White House on Saturday, however, said that there were no discussions about firing United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Jerry Nadler released an analysis Saturday as a rebuttal to the Republican memo, spearheaded by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, which was released Friday.

Committee Democrats have said their 10-page rebuttal corrects errors in the memo and adds context to actions of the FBI and the Justice Department.

"Even the misleading memo by Republicans demonstrates that the origin of this investigation involved Papadopoulos not Page, and involved collusion with the Russians", Schiff said on Twitter, and ABC's "This Week". "This is an American disgrace", he added.

On Friday, the president also called the memo a "disgrace", shortly before it was released.

The GOP document contends the FBI relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats when investigators applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump quoted from a recent speech given by American activist and president of conservative watchdog operation Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, in which he alleged the Democrats attempted to conceal their funding of a dossier that accused Trump of personal ties to the Kremlin. And he said the attacks from the Left are coming out of desperation.

Priebus says he never heard "the idea or the concept" that Mueller needed to be fired. That began to change in the last several decades.

On Wednesday, FBI said in a statement that the bureau had serious concerns about the accuracy of the Republican-drafted memorandum. Kremlin, as well as the White House have repeatedly refuted these allegations.

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