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FBI, White House at loggerheads over secret anti-Trump memo



FBI, White House at loggerheads over secret anti-Trump memo

The FBI and White House are at loggerheads after a plot by the Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency came to light.

Reports say the FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release the controversial memo after a top Trump aide said on Wednesday they would release the top secret document “pretty quick”, despite the objections.

“It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said during an interview with Fox News Radio on Wednesday morning.

Reacting to the comments by John Kelly, the FBI in a statement said; “We have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

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The FBI added that it had “limited opportunity” to review the document before the House Intelligence committee voted to release it on Monday.

“We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) process,” the FBI statement added.

Meanwhile, the Democrats claim the memo is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russia probe.

Last week, controversial US President Donald Trump says he’s ‘looking forward’ to being interview by special counsel Robert Mueller over a possible collusion between officials from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

Trump who made the remarks while speaking at the White House on Wednesday said he expects to be questioned by Mueller within two to three weeks, with approval from his lawyers.



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