With a secret memo on bias-driven government spying expected to be released to the public today, President Donald Trump accused the leadership at the FBI and the Justice Department of politicizing investigations in favor of Democrats.
“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 – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Rank & File are great people!”
A four-page memo which has been the talk of the town in Washington for weeks is expected to be released today. Trump’s approval is required for the document to go public and Friday, Feb. 2 marks the last day the president can do so.
The contents of the memo reportedly expose how a politicized group within the FBI and the DOJ used an unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British spy, which was paid for, in part, by Hillary Clinton and used to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
At least 190 lawmakers have viewed the document since it was made available to House members on Jan. 18. Those who have viewed the contents describe them as “worse than Watergate” and draw parallels with the KGB, Russia’s notorious spy bureau.
The central theme of the document is that people directly tied to Hillary Clinton knowingly used unverified claims to spy on Trump’s team during the presidential campaign, according to government sources who spoke to The Hill’s John Solomon.
“The fact that half to three-quarters of the evidence the FBI used to unleash the most awesome of surveillance powers upon Donald Trump’s inner circle came from sources tied directly to his Democratic opponent should worry us all, especially when that happened during an election,” a senior Republican who is directly familiar with the document told Solomon, The Hill reported.
“The FBI allowed itself to be used by Clinton partisans to parlay single-sourced, mostly unverified evidence into a counterintelligence probe with clear weaknesses that weren’t disclosed,” the source added.
The anti-Trump dossier was compiled by a former British intelligence officer who was hired by Fusion GPS, which was hired by Clinton and the Democratic National Committee through a law firm. While Steele compiled the dossier, Fusion GPS took money from the Russian government.
In a follow-up tweet, Trump quoted Tom Fitton, of government watchdog group Judicial Watch, linking Clinton, the Democratic party, and the Obama administration to a spy operation on the Trump team.
“You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team.” Tom Fitton, JW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2018
FBI’s second highest ranking official, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, stepped down on Monday.
The four-page memo is one of several high-profile concerns for the FBI and DOJ leadership. On Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson requested that the DOJ turn over all communications from 16 top DOJ officials, including former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Johnson is investigating how the DOJ and FBI handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server to send classified government documents. Two top FBI officials at the center of the probe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages with an obvious bias against Trump. Strzok was the lead investigator both into Clinton and Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when the text messages were discovered.