Weekend Reads Trump says memo release 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe

20:46  03 february  2018
20:46  03 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The Nadler release was first reported on by NBC News Saturday, hours after President Trump had heralded the Nunes memo on Twitter, saying it " totally vindicates " him and calling the ongoing Russia probe "an American disgrace."

President Trump tweeted Saturday that the controversial memo released by a House committee " totally vindicates " him in the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that the Nunes memo has no bearing on the Russia probe .

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday.© Jonathan Ernst U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday. President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to react to the release of a previously classified memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department, claiming the memo "totally vindicates" him and assailing the Russia investigation as "an American disgrace."

"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on," Trump tweeted. "Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!"

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“This memo totally vindicates ‘ Trump ’ in probe ,” he said . The memo ’s release also comes amid an effort by Trump and congressional Republicans to discredit Mueller’s investigation. His probe focuses not only on whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia but also on whether the

This memo totally vindicates “ Trump ” in probe . But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018. The memo , released Friday, accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain

The memo, released Friday, accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and former Trump adviser.

The full memo can be read here.

Trump on Friday approved the release of the memo, despite objections from top officials at the FBI and Justice Department. He called its revelations disgraceful.

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This memo totally vindicates “ Trump ” in probe . His tweet comes after Republicans in Congress who supported the memo 's release said it would not undermine the special counsel investigation into Russia 's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by Trump

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"I think it's a disgrace," he told reporters. "A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves."

Republicans have seized on the memo's release, saying it proves the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, is tainted by bias.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee blasted Republicans' decision to release the memo, saying the document mischaracterizes sensitive information and fails to provide important context.

"It fails to provide vital context and information contained in DOJ's FISA application and renewals, and ignores why and how the FBI initiated, and the Special Counsel has continued, its counterintelligence investigation into Russia's election interference and links to the Trump campaign," the minority said in a statement Friday.

Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are pushing to release their own memo rebutting the GOP document.

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