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Trump accuses FBI, Justice Dept. of ’politicizing’ probes

Orient Net | 2018-02-02 17:59 Damascuss

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Committee's winter meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, February 1, 2018. (REUTERS Photo)
US President Donald Trump accused the FBI and the Justice Department of politicizing its investigations on Friday, just as the White House is expected to approve the release of a secret Republican memo alleging FBI bias against him in its Russia probe.

"The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

The memo was prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, is said to allege FBI misconduct in the initial stages of its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

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A White House official said Congress would probably be informed of the decision Friday, adding Trump was "OK" with its release. A second White House official said Trump was likely to declassify the congressional memo but the precise method for making it public was still being figured out. 

The FBI’s stance means Trump, by allowing the memo’s release, would be openly defying his own FBI director. 

The House intelligence panel voted along party lines Monday to put the memo out, giving Trump five days to reject the release under committee rules. But Trump also has the power to declassify the document himself and either release it or hand it to Congress to release. One of the White House officials said the memo would be in "Congress’ hands" after Trump declassified it and there were unlikely to be any redactions to the document.

Trump has said he wants the memo released even after the FBI declared Wednesday that it has "grave concerns" about its accuracy. 

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