Trump shares op-ed tearing into FBI over findings in Nunes memo

Trump shares op-ed tearing into FBI over findings in Nunes memo
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE on Saturday shared part of a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which the publication's editorial board tore into the FBI over allegations made in a controversial memo released this week 

Without directly linking to the article, Trump tweeted quotes calling the memo, which alleges abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department, "disturbing."

“ 'The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA [appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath ... The FBI failed to inform the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)] court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier ... the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law....The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators.' Wall Street Journal" Trump quoted over a series of tweets. 

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Trump's tweets come after he claimed earlier Saturday that the memo vindicated him.

 

The memo, which was released on Friday, was spearheaded by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing Intel hearing showcases political divide over Mueller report MORE (R-Calif.). 

It accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the so-called Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and a former Trump campaign adviser.

While many Republicans had argued the release was necessary to shed light on what they say is bias in the FBI, Democrats and intelligence officials say it poses a national security risk.

Some have also raised concerns about the memo's accuracy, and have accused those who crafted the memo of omitting key information in order to discredit the Russia investigation and protect Trump.

The full memo can be read here.