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 )