The Latest: Lawmakers say memo doesn’t clear Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia (all times local):
Democratic and Republican lawmakers are saying that President Donald Trump is wrong to assert that a GOP-produced classified memo on FBI surveillance powers clears him in the Russia investigation.
Lawmakers appearing on Sunday’s news shows also express hope that special counsel Robert Mueller’s work will continue without interference.
Democrats could seek a vote on publicly releasing their rebuttal memo when the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee meets late Monday afternoon. The committee rejected that move last week, with one Republican member saying revisions are needed so the memo will not endanger national security.
The Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, is urging Trump to back the public release and says that refusing to do so would show the president’s intent to undermine the Russia investigation.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling on President Donald Trump to back the public release of a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo alleging abuses of FBI surveillance powers.
Schumer says in a letter to Trump that the public is getting a one-sided account of the FBI’s role in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russia ties. Schumer says Trump’s refusal to back the Democratic memo’s release would show his intent to undermine the investigation.
Trump has said the GOP memo “vindicates” him.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted last week to only release the GOP memo.
The GOP document contends the FBI relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats when investigators applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate.
President Donald Trump’s first White House chief of staff says he never felt the president wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump was very clear about his concerns over what he saw as Mueller’s possible conflicts of interest. But Priebus pushed back against a New York Times report that Trump ordered that Mueller be fired last June but backed off after the top White House lawyer threatened to resign.
Trump fired Priebus at the end of July.
Priebus says he never heard “the idea or the concept” that Mueller needed to be fired. He says he’d know the difference “between a Level 10 situation” and “what was reality.”
Priebus says the Times report “wasn’t reality.”
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is slamming the release of a congressional memo that alleges FBI surveillance abuses in an investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties.
Rep. Adam Schiff calls the four-page memo by committee chairman Devin Nunes (NOO’-nehs) a “political hit job.” The California Democrat said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he requested that the committee first question the FBI and review the full supporting materials before releasing the memo, but Republicans voted his motions down.
The memo contends the FBI relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats when it applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate.
President Donald Trump says the memo vindicates him. But Schiff says the memo actually confirms the investigation began several months earlier.
President Donald Trump is claiming complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign’s possible Russia ties.
But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry.
The memo released Friday contends that the FBI, when it applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate, relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats.
At the same time, the memo confirms that the investigation into potential Trump links to Russia actually began several months earlier, and was “triggered” by information involving a different campaign aide.