Donald Trump: Memo ‘totally vindicates me’
US President Donald Trump condemned the actions of the FBI and Department of Justice as "an American disgrace" in a tweet storm overnight.
He hit 'send' almost simultaneously on two different messages about two of his favourite subjects - the Russia investigation and his poll numbers - as his motorcade rolled toward Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida where the first family is spending the weekend.
"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe," wrote, referring to the document issued earlier this week by Rep Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee.
"But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on," Trump went on. "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!"
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain “sacred cows.” Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
Trump has frequently railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with the effort. Trump has repeatedly denied that allegation.
Moments before, Trump sent a tweet that trumpeted a new approval poll and took a dig at the news media.
"Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain 'sacred cows,'" he wrote. "Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!"
A day earlier former FBI Director James Comey has scorned the memo released by House Republicans after being declassified by Trump, saying it doesn't add up to much.
"That's it?" Comey wrote on Twitter on Friday.
"Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what?" Comey wrote, adding: "DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs."
The tweet was the latest in a series from Comey this week as Trump clashed with the FBI over Friday's release of the GOP-written memo.
On Thursday, Comey stood up for the bureau's position against the document's disclosure and took aim at unnamed people he calls "weasels and liars."
All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would," Comey tweeted on Thursday night amid news that the FBI had lobbied the White House to block the release of a partisan memo on the Russia investigation.
Trump ordered the release of a controversial Republican-written memo that accuses the feds of illegally spying on a former campaign aide Carter Page - defying his own appointees in the FBI and Justice Department.
Soon afterwards, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released the document, which is based on classified information and alleges the FBI abused US government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.
The memo states that Christopher Steele - a former MI-5 agent and Russia specialist - bore a personal grudge against Mr Trump, quoting Mr Steele as telling a Justice Department official that he "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president."
It states that the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by using claims in the Steele dossier about Mr Trump's alleged ties to Russia.
The four-page memo was drafted by Republicans on the committee chaired by Devin Nunes of California.
He claims that the FBI and the Justice Department did not disclose to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that the dossier had been paid for by Trump's political opponents, including Hillary Clinton.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission.