Memo 'totally vindicates me — Donald Trump

Domingo, 11 Feb, 2018

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Nancy Pelosi and eight other senior Democrats warned Mr Trump against trying to sack special counsel Robert Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

MARTIN: Then in 2016, then-candidate Trump announced that Page would be joining his campaign.

In the evening, Trump tweeted: "Great jobs numbers and finally, after many years, rising wages - and nobody even talks about them".

Trump has been telling confidants he believed the memo would validate his concerns that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him.

After all, Mr. Trump is now aware that he is under investigation for obstruction, and he knows that Mr. Comey said that Mr. Trump wanted "loyalty" from him. And while he was there, he eventually admitted that he met with a deputy prime minister of Russia.

The memo, written by Republicans, alleges the FBI used unsubstantiated evidence to spy on a Trump aide.

One official with knowledge of the matter told The Post that the DOJ made "ample disclosure of relevant, material facts" to the FISC which revealed "the research was being paid for by a political entity". However, the FBI did not say the dossier was financed by Democrats, sources told the New York Times. "We are in the middle of what I call 'Phase Two' of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this". In a statement, Republican senator John McCain said: "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's".

This kind of thing has always been part of politics, but there was a time when serious news outlets didn't give a lot of coverage to allegations that were so obviously partisan and specious.

Federal investigators are probing possible links between Mr Trump's campaign and a Russian bid to sway the 2016 presidential election, plus any actions to impede the investigation.

The numbers follow a State of the Union address widely received as a success, in which the president maintained a positive message and recalled stories of everyday American heroes. John McCain meanwhile slammed the release of the memo.

So why, before the release even, has this been such a big deal? There's not plans of additional classified information that would come forward through the same 11G process.

Not all Republicans approve of the direction the saga is taking.

Brooks, R-Huntsville, put the blame on former President Barack Obama for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant requested by the Department of Justice and received to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Earlier on Saturday, the President had also claimed total vindication from the memo released and alleged that the FBI misused its surveillance powers during the probe of Russian meddling in the elections.

"The fact that the Republicans in the House refuse to allow a minority report, the Democratic response to their memo, is an indication that they're just bound and determined to continue to find ways to absolve this president from any responsibility", Durbin said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The answers to those questions will determine whether the memo was a bomb or a dud.