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‘Nunes memo’ published after Trump declassifies controversial document

Trump has allowed the release of the memo, which Democrats say is a crude attempt to undermine Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.

Republicans on Friday released a controversial memo that alleges an abuse of power by the FBI in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Donald Trump declassified the document and accused top officials of bias.

The House intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes, published the memo minutes after the president’s approval, despite a warning from the Department of Justice that it would be a “reckless” act. Democrats have portrayed the memo as a crude attempt to undermine the credibility of the Robert Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and members of the Trump campaign.

The four-page memo, released with a letter from the White House, alleges that the FBI omitted key information when it applied for a wiretap on an adviser of Trump’s campaign. The findings “raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions” with the court that approves surveillance requests, the memo says. It also claims they “represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses”.

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Trump reportedly turned on his acting FBI director and mocked his wife in a phone call right after he fired James Comey

  • In a phone call right after he fired James Comey as FBI director, President Donald Trump asked the acting director, Andrew McCabe, to ask his wife how it felt to be a loser, NBC News reported.
  • McCabe departed the FBI as its deputy director on Monday.

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Trump reportedly launched a campaign to discredit potential FBI witnesses

  • President Donald Trump reportedly pressed senior aides to launch a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials.
  • Trump believed that those senior FBI officials were likely to be witnesses against him in the ongoing Russia investigation.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s efforts constituted obstruction of justice.

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Trump denies bombshell report that he asked for Mueller to be fired

President Donald Trump has denied a bombshell report that he once ordered the firing of the special counsel leading the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, calling the report “fake news.”

The New York Times on Thursday reported that Trump ordered Robert Mueller to be fired last June, one month after Mueller’s appointed as special counsel. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the Russia investigation, in May.

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James Comey: Former FBI director questioned for hours by Robert Mueller’s team over Trump-Russia links

Former FBI Director James Comey has been questioned by the special prosecutor probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, it has been reported.

Mr Comey, who was fired in May 2017 as Donald Trump became increasingly frustrated by the FBI’s own investigation into possible links to Moscow, was said to have been questioned about a series of memos he kept in which he detailed interactions with the President that “unnerved him”.

In one such memo, which Mr Comey subsequently testified about on Capitol Hill, he noted that Mr Trump had asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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Mueller interviewed Jeff Sessions, making him the first Trump cabinet member to be questioned in the Russia probe

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office for several hours last week, according to The New York Times.
  • This makes Sessions the first sitting cabinet member in President Donald Trump’s administration to be interviewed in Mueller’s Russia probe.
  • Sessions is a key figure due to his contacts with a Russian ambassador during the campaign, his role in the firing of former FBI director James Comey, and his presence at the meeting at which a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser pitched a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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New poll suggests Trump’s attacks on the Russia probe and the FBI are having an unexpected effect on voters from both parties

  • A new poll finds most Americans want to see special counsel Robert Mueller complete the Russia investigation.
  • The NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll published on Wednesday reports that, among national registered voters, 69% say Mueller — whose team of prosecutors is trying to make sense of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved — should be allowed to finish their work.
  • When broken down by party, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats expressed the same sentiments.
  • The poll released on Wednesday also found a majority of registered voters have some level of confidence in the FBI, despite repeated attacks on the agency from Trump and his allies.

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