Trump attacks FBI and Justice Department as the war over the memo and the Russia investigation heat up

  • President Donald Trump attacked the leadership of the FBI and the Justice Department on Twitter on Friday morning.
  • He said the agencies had “politicized the sacred investigative process in favour of Democrats.”
  • Trump has been attacking key figures involved in investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia and whether he obstructed justice.

President Donald Trump attacked the leadership of the FBI and the Department of Justice on Twitter on Friday morning.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favour of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s attacks come at the end of a week of heated debate over the release of a secret Republican House memo believed to accuse the FBI of bias against Trump.

Reports have indicated that the memo, which has not been widely seen, suggests that FBI and DOJ officials relied on politically motivated sources, namely the dossier that both Republicans and Democrats funded at different times as opposition research into Trump, to justify spying on the Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser Carter Page.

In a later tweet, Trump quoted Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative organisation, as saying: “You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team.”

Earlier this week, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the memo to the public despite strong opposition from Democrats and Justice Department officials. It is unclear when it would actually be released.

On Wednesday, the FBI made a rare public statement warning against the memo’s release, citing “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

Amid Trump’s Friday tweets, Republicans, including Trump, have also been accused of politicizing investigations into Russia’s meddling in the US’s 2016 presidential election, with many experts dismissing recent attempts to open investigations into the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server as a partisan attempt to discredit the FBI.

But while Trump is widely seen as trying to smear key figures in investigations against him, the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign appears to be heating up.

Trump on at least three occasions is believed to have tried to pin down the loyalty of top law-enforcement officials looking into his campaign, possibly implicating Trump in an obstruction-of-justice case.

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