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 TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists 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.