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Today, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, claimed that a memo that was written by his party regarding an investigation into possible Russian interference during his election campaign “vindicates” him.
Yesterday, the American political community was transfixed by the said memo that was written by Republican members of a committee on congressional intelligence. Trump declassified the said memo after citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of “politicising” the investigation.
Today, Trump tweeted that the memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. There was no Collusion, and there was no Obstruction [sic]”.
The balance and the accuracy of the memo which is heavily disputed by both the opposition politicians and the FBI, claims that the investigators presided over a “troubling breakdown of legal processes” and were biased in their investigation on the matter.
A key claim depends on the warrant that was obtained by the FBI in order to place a former aide of Trump under surveillance which cited an infamous dossier of accusations that were compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy. The dossier was originally financed partly by the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the Democrat presidential candidate.
The political opponents of Trump warned that any attempt to use the memo as an excuse to dismiss members of the agencies who are carrying out the investigation would amount to obstruction of justice. A letter that was sent by senior Democrats to the President described the memo “partisan and misleading.”
The memo has also suffered criticisms by the FBI, which made an unusual public statement last week saying that it had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
James Comey, the former FBI director who was fired by Trump last May over the Russian investigation, questioned “That’s it?” upon the publication of the memo, branding it as “Dishonest and misleading.”
Reportedly, the campaign of the FBI centres on contacts between the election campaign officials of Donald Trump and people who are suspected of being agents of the Russian government. Last year, one of the aides of Trump pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI, while Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, has also been charged in relation to the said probe that is led by Robert Mueller, a special counsel.