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sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Donald Trump says FISA memo proves FBI and DOJ are biased against Republicans – and him

The political world was shaken on Friday when President Donald Trump authorized the public release of a classified memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes (R-Calif.). The memo raises serious concerns about the manner in which the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained warrants from the FISA courts. Now, President Trump is weighing in.

Trump criticized the FBI and Department of Justice on Friday for participating in what he believes was a biased political process that favored his opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential election. 

Politicizing Independent Agencies

Trump didn’t hide his feelings about the top-brass in the FBI and DOJ in tweets on Saturday. Hours before releasing the memo, the president criticized the politicization of the two agencies under the Obama administration.

The president tweeted:

Of course, not everyone agreed with the memo’s release. Former FBI director and political opportunist James Comey made his displeasure known in a Saturday tweet:

Top-Brass Corruption?

Despite Comey’s complaints, the president is well within his right to criticize the DOJ. Even without the memo, the text messages between disgraced FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page paint a damning picture of political bias against Trump in the department — not to mention Strzok’s leadership position in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, and his participation in changing the legal standard used to exonerate the former secretary of State.

In addition to the texts from Strzok and Page, Andrew McCabe’s connection via his wife to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close confidant of the Clintons, is in itself troubling.

Top that off with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton on a secluded tarmac days before Comey exonerated his wife, and it begins to seem like the fix was in for Mrs. Clinton all along.

As it stands, the memo alleges that the FBI misled the court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) regarding the grounds used to obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page, President Trump’s former foreign policy adviser. The memo also claims the media was complicit in helping the FBI obtain the warrant.

While the divisive memo raises some serious questions regarding improper conduct from the FBI and DOJ under the Barack Obama administration, the underlying material that was used to compile the memo has not been released, leaving it open to skepticism from the right and left.

But if true, the allegations made by the memo are extremely vexing — and there is undoubtedly more to come.


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