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Trump accuses FBI, Justice Dept. of bias in favor of Dems in Russia probe

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks at an event in New York on December 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump has accused the top officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department of siding with Democrats in their investigations on the alleged Washington-Moscow links in the 2016 presidential elections.

Trump leveled the accusation in a tweet early on Friday, as he prepares to approve the release of a memo alleging the top US law enforcement agency’s abuse of power during the probe into possible Trump campaign collusion with a Russian effort to sway the presidential race last year.

"The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans," the US president tweeted.

Trump described the alleged bias "something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago.”

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 FBI earlier this week expressed "grave concerns about material omissions of fact" in the Republican-drafted memo, which was seen as having the potential to prompt high-level resignations in US law enforcement agencies if released.

There has been speculation that incumbent FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was appointed by Trump after the dismissal of predecessor James Comey, might resign if he allows release of the memo.

Media reports say Nunes may release the memo as early as Saturday.

Democratic lawmakers say the memo selectively uses highly classified materials in a misleading effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Republicans say it provides evidence that the Justice Department actively sought to undermine Trump and help the election campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

US intelligence agencies claim Russia-linked hackers provided WikiLeaks with damaging information -- in the form of thousands of hacked emails -- about Clinton to skew the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump.

Trump has repeatedly denied allegations that his campaign colluded with Russians and has condemned the investigations. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also denied the allegations.


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