Trump vs the Federal Bureau of Investigation: memo release fuels firestorm over Russian Federation probe

Trump vs the Federal Bureau of Investigation: memo release fuels firestorm over Russian Federation probe

The US President said the inquiry had found nothing and "collusion was dead".

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 hide their funding of a dossier that accused Trump of personal ties to the Kremlin. "But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on", the president wrote on Saturday morning. Ohr's wife was employed by Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the Steele dossier.

Some Justice Department veterans see Horowitz's report as another cudgel for those trying to discredit not only the Mueller investigation but also the wider law-enforcement community. "He is especially grateful to the hardworking rank-and-file public servants who work every day to keep America safe and uphold our laws while protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans", Sanders said.

Earlier in the week, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe announced that he was leaving the bureau, and Trump's former legal spokesman geared up to implicate a key member of Trump's inner circle in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Nadler also claims the GOP memo does not substantiate any case for the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The White House later said "no changes" would be made at the Department of Justice and Rosenstein was fully expected to continue in his job.

Asked if he was more likely to fire Rosenstein and if he still had confidence in him, he retorted.

The memo says nearly nothing about Rosenstein.

"I think it's awful", he said. "I think he is an idiot and forgot who I am".

SARA CARTER, FOX NEWS: Well, I think what we're going to to see was a concerted effort, like you said, Sean, to use the dossier in order to verify the warrant.

The FBI also countered Nunes' allegations of abuse by saying it takes "seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI".

On Friday, the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, took issue with the memo's characterization of McCabe's comments, saying the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director was speaking generally about how any FISA application relies on "each and every component" included.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Mr Trump of "sending his friend Putin a bouquet", calling it a "desperate attempt to distract the American people from the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal".

"After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love", Campbell wrote in the Times.

The FBI has voiced "grave concerns" about the release of the memo.

Dismissing Rosenstein or Mueller would trigger a political firestorm much like his sacking of FBI Director James Comey a year ago.

He tweeted: "That's it?" Once the Intelligence Committee voted to release the memo, a more responsible president would have delegated the decision about whether to declassify it to other officials in the executive branch - perhaps the director of national intelligence or the Justice Department's inspector general - who could have made the call free from the taint the president's status as a subject of the underlying investigation provides.

Page came to the FBI's attention as early as 2013, when he met in NY with Russians who were officers of the Kremlin's foreign intelligence service, sources have said.