FBI Director Tells Employees He Stands With Them After Memo Release

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Palm Beach from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US Friday.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe", the president tweeted, referring to himself in the third person. "Their [sic] was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction". Caroline Fredrickson is president of the American Constitution Society. "And only in that sense is it fair to say, well, if you take out any piece of it then does that mean that the application would not be complete?"

Sessions says he will "forward to appropriate DOJ components all information I receive from Congress regarding this".

"So there's going to be a Russian Federation probe, even without a dossier", said Gowdy.

The tweet undermines claims from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the memo is a completely separate matter from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

"I wish more of our leaders would", Comey tweeted Thursday night amid news that the FBI had lobbied the White House to block the release of a partisan memo on the Russian Federation investigation. "And when the Democratic memo gets released, the replay will show a fumble". John Kasich, the governor of OH and a former rival of Trump's for the presidential nomination, called it "a disservice to our country".

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.

It alleges the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unsubstantiated allegations by former British spy Christopher Steele to obtain a warrant to monitor a Trump campaign aide.

There are nevertheless signs that the White House may still be using the memo to lay the groundwork for Rosenstein's removal.

Citing Supreme Court precedent in John Doe Agency v. John Doe Corp., Boasberg said it "matters not" that Comey created the memos for another goal because they have since been incorporated for law enforcement purposes, protecting them from disclosure under FOIA exemption 7 (A).

The memo also criticizes Steele for his media contacts with Yahoo News, and accuses him of lying and concealing them from the FBI, ruining his past status as a reliable source on the FBI's 2010 investigation into Federation Internationale de Football Association, the soccer governing body. The likes of George Papadopolous and Carter Page - introduced with no further details other than that he held a PhD - were largely unknown among the Washington think tanks and foreign policy cognoscenti. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has not accused Page of any wrongdoing, but it has obtained guilty pleas from Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, as well as an indictment of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. He said he wrote the four-page memo with Gowdy and his investigators, describing accusations from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) late last week that he hadn't reviewed the FISA material as "bogus".

How the Steele dossier was used to draw an only selectively informed FISC into authorization surveillance of Page is the main thrust of the memo. After previously rejecting their initial request, The FISA judges relied on two sources as a basis for the eventual issuance of the warrant: the dossier authored by a foreign agent, Christopher Steele, and a Yahoo News report Mr. Steele gave to Yahoo News.

Nadler went on to assert, counter to some Republicans' claims, that Nunes' memo provides no legitimate justification for President Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - though Trump was evasive on that point Thursday.

  • Leroy Wright