The president argues that the memo shows that the investigation into an alleged Russian intervention is a “witch hunt” and an “American misfortune”.
The much publicized Republican memo on Russia’s investigation solves nothing: although it did reveal the threatening fracture that lurks in US policy when special prosecutor Robert Mueller finishes his investigation.
It is almost certain that the gulf between the two parties will eventually expand this week, while US President Donald Trump argues that the memo published last Friday by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, David Nunes, demonstrates that The saga is a “witch hunt” and an “American misfortune”.
Democrats are putting pressure on the president to declassify his own memorandum, which holds that the Republican version was misleading and selective in the use of still-secret information about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Amidst these efforts, Trump criticized the chief Democrat of the Intelligence Commission, Representative Adam Schiff, on Monday morning, ridiculing him in a tweet as “small” and calling him “one of Washington’s biggest liars and filtering.”
The confrontation-rooted in the Republican claims that the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) tools in order to obtain an order to spy on the foreign policy adviser of the campaign of Trump, Carter Page- exposes the polarization caused by the Russian plot.
The recriminations on the subject now raise questions as to whether even the neutral investigation of a sitting president is possible, given the poisoned political times.
Many Republicans used the memo to close ranks around Trump and stay together. The president of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, – understanding the feeling of the republican bases on the subject of Russia – supported the publication of the document, although he raised an unenthusiastic argument that this memo did not impugn the investigation of Mueller in no way.
At the same time, the liberals – some with deep-seated suspicions against the FBI and angry over the way they handled the investigation by Hillary Clinton’s email servers – now star in the unusual role of agency advocates, which has been dragged into toxic climate putting in its long reputation political neutrality.
The increasingly intense confrontation with the memo also comes at another time of tension for Washington. Unless Congress reaches an agreement on financing, the government could be closed on Thursday. However, this time the Democrats – who seemed to get worse in the brief closure of last month’s government – may be less willing to push things to the limit.
But the issue that caused that mess, the failure of the White House and the Democrats to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, seems to be close to be resolved after Trump raised a tough negotiating position during his State of the Union speech last week.
The Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives has voted unanimously to publish the memorandum of the Democrats that counteracts the affirmations of the memorandum of Nunes.
The document now goes to the White House.
Democratic leaders had gone on the offensive on Sunday, warning that any effort by Trump to use the findings of the Republican memo to dismiss Department of Justice and FBI officials would have serious consequences.
“To say that this is the end of the investigation, that this is all Donald Trump needs to dismiss (Deputy Secretary of Justice Rod) Rosenstein or dismiss (Special Prosecutor Robert) Mueller, I will simply tell you: this could precipitate a crisis constitution “Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said on Sunday in CNN’s” State of the Union. ”
In addition, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Trump to urge him to facilitate the publication of the Democratic memo, written by Schiff.
“A refusal to publish Schiff’s memorandum – in light of the fact that President Devin Nunes ‘memorandum was published and based on the same underlying documents – will confirm the worst fears of the American people that the publication of President Nunes’ memorandum I just wanted to undermine the investigation of Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller, “Schumer wrote.
Trump will have five days to object to the publication of the document.