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Republican memo about Russia may trigger a Constitutional crisis: Analyst

Myles Hoenig

A secret memo by Republican lawmakers in Congress alleging bias against US President Donald Trump within the FBI and Department of Justice will trigger a clash between all three branches of government, says an American political analyst.

“This is bound to end up as a Constitutional crisis,” said Myles Hoenig, who ran for the US Congress in 2016 as a Green Party candidate.

“With the media fully behind the Democrats’ mantra of Russia, Russia, Russia, it’s easy for a narcissistic presidential amateur, such as the apprentice Trump is, to feel that they are all working against him,” Hoenig told Press TV on Thursday.

The FBI said Wednesday that the memo, prepared by the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, could depict the FBI and Justice Department as deeply politicized and challenges Trump’s pledge to release it.

The FBI, the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, and its principal federal law enforcement agency, operates under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department.

Based on highly classified information, the four-page memo, written by Congressman Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggests that the Justice Department and the FBI abused their power in running surveillance on a member of Trump's election campaign in 2016.

The Justice Department and the FBI have actively lobbied against the memo’s release. The FBI statement demonstrates the agency’s growing rift with Trump and Nunes, a staunch ally in Congress of the Republican president.

“The FBI has long been a tool of presidents,” Hoenig said.

“[Former FBI director] J. Edgar Hoover helped successive presidents terrorize all people bent on social progress,” including civil rights leaders and anti-war activists,” he said.  

“President Richard Nixon used his FBI to target his enemies which helped bring him down with Watergate. President Obama used them to infiltrate and destroy the Occupy Movement,” he added.

“For the first time, though, they’re turning on their president, serving other interests of the 1%, rather than the nominal head in the White House. This is bound to end up as a Constitutional crisis. Releasing or not releasing the Nunes memo will trigger such a clash between all three branches of government.”

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