Trump openly accuses the FBI of bias in the Russian investigation

Donald Trump publicly called into question on Friday the integrity of the highest echelons of the Justice Ministry and the FBI that he accuses of "politicizing" the investigation into Russian interference in the election presidential vote in favor of his Democratic opponents.

US President approved the declassification of a confidential note drafted by Republicans of Congress and justifies these criticisms, detailing according to them an abuse of power of the FBI during the wiretapping of a member of his campaign team before the election of November 2016.

"What is happening in our country is a shame (…) Many people should be ashamed," said Donald Trump since the Oval Office. The four-page memo from the Republican members of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives despite vehement opposition from its Democratic members was then put online by Congress.

Donald Trump's accusation is quite extraordinary from a President of the United States, more concerned in general with preserving the image of two pillars of American institutions. "The highest officials and investigators of the FBI and the Ministry of Justice have politicized the sacred process of investigation in favor of the Democrats and against the Republicans," Trump had earlier tweeted.

Reaching Mueller

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M. Trump has named current Justice Minister Jeff Sessions as current FBI director Christopher Wray. The latter has replaced James Comey, abruptly thanked by Mr Trump by his own admission because of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign. But Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, had in a gesture of defiance extremely rare public clearly indicated that he was not in favor of this publication. The Ministry of Justice had also expressed its reservations for reasons of security and the risk of unveiling methods of intelligence gathering.

The Democrats were up against this memo, which they believe manufactured so partisan to protect the billionaire from suspicions of collusion between his campaign and Russia. "The country's highest elected official has agreed to – misleadingly – make public information available to attack the FBI, which would have been unthinkable not long ago," said Adam. Schiff, Democrat Member of the Commission

"Artificial Party Theater"

And important Republican elected officials also denounced the risk, for US national security, of undermining the legitimacy of the FBI, at the moment when Russia would attempt again, according to them, to interfere in the politics of the country. "The recent attacks against the FBI and the Justice Department do not serve any US interest – neither the party nor the president – only Putin's interest," denounced Senator John McCain.

This one "worries about the consequences for the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, in charge of discovering a possible US-Russian collusion, and attacked more and more openly by Republicans. "Our elected officials, including the president, must stop considering this inquiry through the prism of politics and artificial partisan theater," John McCain argued.

But these warnings have been in vain. Congressional Republican leaders, however, assert that the commission is merely fulfilling its duty to control the executive by the legislature. "This note is not an indictment of the FBI or the Department of Justice, and does not call into question the Mueller inquiry," assured Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, Thursday.

(With AFP )

What's in the Trump Declassified FBI Critical Note on the Russian Investigation

The confidential three-and-a-half-page note drafted by Congressional Republicans and declassified by Donald Trump states "to raise concerns about the legitimacy and legality of certain actions" initiated by FBI and the US Department of Justice

These two institutions are accused of abusing the mandate of a judge to spy on the conversations of a former diplomatic adviser of the United States. Donald Trump campaign team, Carter Page.

Adopted 40 years ago, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires investigators from the Department of Justice to present evidence to a federal magistrate – – for example, to suspect that an individual is working illegally for a foreign power – in order to have the right to put that person on listening.

– What affirms the note

– For to obtain the valuable judicial warrant, the ministry and the FBI relied on information collected by Christopher Steele, a former British spy. He was on a mission, funded by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign team, which was clearly anti-Trump biased.

– Request for a Hearing Order Submitted The judge was signed by four senior officials who deliberately failed to spell out Christopher Steele's political motives: the then FBI director James Comey, his former deputy Andrew McCabe, the former deputy head of the ministry, Sally Yates, and current number two Rod Rosenstein

– The "file" compiled by Christopher Steele was an "essential part" of the federal court's request for a hearing warrant.

– Mr. Steele was also a source of the FBI, yet his reliability was more than doubtful: he lied to the Federal Police about his contacts and confided to the media in violation of confidentiality rules in the intelligence world.

-What fails to say note

– Carter Page has been the subject of suspicion by the FBI since 2013, well before Christopher Steele's investigation mission

– Steele's case was not the trigger for the opening of the first confidential investigation of the FBI on a possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's campaign team. It was opened in July 2016, when US intelligence found intensive communications between Russians and relatives of the Republican candidate, including Councilor George Papadopoulos.

– Using a Judge's Information from an entity with hidden prejudices or intentions (such as Mr. Steele) is not uncommon: the magistrate then estimates the weight to be given to this information.

(With AFP)

While the Russian investigation of the FBI continues concerning the presidential, Trump is said … "innocent"

US President Donald Trump assured Saturday that a highly controversial and critical note of the FBI, drafted and published by Congressional Republicans, was clearing him in the Russian investigation, a "hunt for witches "according to him. "The innocent note totally + Trump + in the investigation But the Russian witch hunt continues indefinitely," tweeted the president talking about him in the third person.

"After a year of searching continuously, to NOTHING to find (The accusation of) collusion is dead, "he said, adding that there was also no" hindrance "(to justice). The continuation of the investigation "is a shame for America," concluded Mr. Trump, continuing with these words to question the integrity of the higher echelons of the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Suspected Abuse of Power

The confidential note in question, declassified by the President against the advice of the Federal Police, describes an alleged abuse of power FBI during the tapping of a former member of the Republican campaign team before the election of November 2016.

By allowing the publication of this document, parcel and tendentious according to independent experts, M. Trump has drawn the wrath of the Democratic opposition, which now wields the specter of a constitutional crisis.

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"Dead laughing in Moscow": Trump's new counter-offensive on the Russian investigation

Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that Russia had managed "beyond its wildest dreams" to wreak chaos in the United States, criticizing the numerous investigations and hearings conducted on this issue while avoiding denounce Moscow's interference in the US elections. "They died of laughter in Moscow, wake up America!" wrote the American president in the early morning in one of those bursts of tweets he likes.

"If the GOAL of Russia was to sow discord, disorder and chaos in the United States, then, with all the hearings in committees, investigations and hatred between parties, she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams, "he wrote. This message punctuates a new avalanche of tweets posted by Donald Trump from 06:30 in the morning while the president spends this long weekend, Monday being a holiday in the United States, in his home in Florida.

All relate to the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. None mentions the 17 people killed Wednesday in a high school unless an hour from his residence in Mar-a-Lago. Donald Trump on Saturday accused the FBI of missing the warning signs that pointed to the 19-year-old killer, Nikolas Cruz, saying the US federal police was "spending too much time" on the Russian investigation.

"Russian Lie"

The day before, Washington had formally accused 13 Russians, including a relative of Vladimir Putin of having favored Donald Trump's candidacy in 2016. The main American intelligence services had already denounced Russian interference in the campaign

Particularly sensitive accusations in this election year in the United States, with the crucial November parliamentary elections in prospect. US intelligence chief Dan Coats recently warned that Russia will resume revenue in 2016 to try to influence the vote. But Donald Trump has been careful since Friday to denounce the interference of Moscow, pinned by his own administration, insisting heavily on the innocence of his campaign team.

"I never said that Russia had not No scrum of the election, I said + it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it can be a genius of 180 kilos sitting in bed and playing with his computer +. The Russian + lie was that Trump's campaign team had been an accomplice of Russia – it never was! ", He still hammered Sunday.

" Not an excuse "

His predecessor Barack Obama, his former rival Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party (DNC) … Donald Trump rejected the case of collusion with Russia on the Democrats in his tweets: "Obama was president, knew this threat and did nothing. "

The Russian destabilization campaign, financed by millions of dollars, allegedly indeed started in 2014, according to the indictment of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, in charge of the investigation.

Democrat Adam Schiff, member of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, recalled Sunday on CNN have long denounced the lack of action of the Obama administration in this case. "But this is not an excuse for this president to do nothing," he said.The US president continues to retain sanctions that Congress has adopted, which Congress wants them to implement. against Russia because of this interference. "

US Councilor for National Security, HR McMaster, assured him Saturday in Munich that the evidence of Russian interference" was really irrefutable ", before ironically that "By leading this campaign of political subversion", Russia had managed to unite Republicans and Democrats at the time to impose sanctions on it.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election will have not been affected or modified by the Russians, "said Donald Trump, relying on the Ministry of Justice who stressed Friday that no evidence pointed to an impact of the Russian interference on the outcome of the polls . Before watering again, Hillary Clinton's camp "the villain", citing several scandals that rocked the campaign of the Democratic candidate: "the only collusion was between Russia and H la Crapule, the DNC and the Dems" .

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Investigation of the Russian Case, Lawyers Accused of Lying

A special investigator investigating Russian intervention against the US presidential election in 2016 accused a London-based lawyer lying to the investigating team about his contacts with Rick Gates, former aide to President Trump's campaign team.

The Office of the Special Investigator Robert Mueller exposed the allegations against Alex Van der Zwaan's lawyer on Tuesday (20/2). The hope, Van der Zwaan will plead guilty in court in Washington DC. Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan and has worked at New York – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – but the company says it fired him last year.

Mueller's office accused the lawyer, for Skadden, mistakenly claimed that his last contact with Gates was in mid-August 2016. The attorney's body had been hired by the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in 2012 to prepare a report on the trials of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, who had been found guilty of embezzlement and abuse of power and imprisoned, but was later released from the charges.

Prosecutors judge Van der Zwaan to lie when he says he does not know why an email between himself and an unnamed person – in September 2016 – is not submitted to Mueller's office, when in fact he has deleted the email ut. The criminal information filed against Van der Zwaan also alleged that he had lied about his last communications with Gates and the unnamed.

Last October Gates and Trump's former campaign leader Paul Manafort were charged with money-related money laundering the consultations they undertaken in Ukraine for a Russian-backed government and were then led by President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2014 and then retreated to Russia.

Last week Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities because illegally campaigning "information wars" to disrupt the course of the 2016 presidential election, to help Trump's victory.

Earlier, Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn and foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the team investigator about contact- their contact with Russia. [em/jm]