House Panel Releases Memo After Trump Declassifies It

President lashes out at FBI, Justice Department
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Updated Feb 2, 2018 11:26 AM CST
Trump Approves Release of Controversial Memo
President Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House Feb. 1.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House on Friday declassified a partisan and bitterly disputed memo on the Russia investigation, and a House committee immediately made it public. Media outlets were just beginning to assess it. You can read the document here, via the Washington Post. The White House move came over the fierce objections of the FBI and Justice Department, which have said the document prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee is inaccurate and missing critical context, per the AP. The memo alleges that the FBI abused US government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.

Trump, who has called the investigation a "witch hunt," has supported the release of the memo in the apparent hopes that it could help undermine the probe being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president, dogged by the unrelenting investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, lashed out anew Friday at the FBI and Justice Department as politically biased against Republicans. "The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!" Trump tweeted. (More President Trump stories.)

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