The Republican-led House Committee is out, and the FBI chief Chris Wray is an unhappy camper.
Wray, along with the Justice Department leadership, had implored the Republicans not to release the document.
However, President Trump on Friday approved the release of the memo prepared at the direction of House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes, R-Calif.
The release alleged that the FBI and DOJ improperly spied on Trump’s campaign aide, Carter Page.
The Bureau, however, not willing to stay down issued a statement expressing “grave concerns” about the accuracy of the memo.
At the same time, Democrats charged that the memo is a smokescreen designed by Republicans to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Additionally, they argued that they will push to have their rebuttal memo made public — which has so far been blocked by the Republican majority.
In the meanwhile, the bureau’s director Christopher Wray sought to rally agents and analysts with a memo of his own, stating, “Talk is cheap; the work you do is what will endure,” adding, “We speak through our work. One case at a time. One decision at a time.”
He also urged the bureau to move on. “We’re going to keep doing that work because we know who and what we are and because we know our mission comes first,” the director said. “The American people come first.
“Remember: keep calm and tackle hard,” he continued.
On the other hand, President Trump tweeted that “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.”
He had also claimed bias by investigators after signing off on the memo’s release.
“I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump told reporters. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.”
Barbara Green, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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