TAKE OUR POLL: Does memo prove FBI and Justice Department bias in Russia investigation?


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has released a memo based on classified information that alleges the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. President Donald Trump cleared the way for publication of the controversial memo despite objections from the FBI. The four-page memo was drafted by Republicans on the committee chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes of California. The FBI, Justice Department and Democrats have furiously lobbied Trump to stop the release. They say it could harm national security and mislead the public. Republicans on the committee have said they believe they’ve uncovered serious misconduct that needs to be made public.

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A House committee has released a memo alleging politically-motivated surveillance abuses by the FBI early in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Do you believe the FBI and Justice Department have politicized the investigation?
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UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: More reaction from Florida.

Florida Secretary of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam tweeted did not comment on the memo. Instead, he tweeted about Groundhog Day.

Florida gubernatorial candidate U.S. Ron DeSantis, did not weigh in on Friday but tweeted this earlier in the week.

Florida House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Richard Corcoran also did not comment on the memo’s release. 

 

UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: Republican Senator Marco Rubio and  Rep. Brian Mast have not commented or  tweeted about the release of the memo. Other Florida lawmakers weigh in: Post on Politics Blog

UPDATE: 2:34 p.m.: White House Press Office released this statement.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson quickly condemned the release of the memo in a tweet.

Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel was also quick to comment: ‘

“This is a deliberate and desperate effort by Donald Trump and the Republicans to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia’s interference with our election and possible obstruction of justice by White House officials. Not only has the FBI expressed grave concerns about the memo's accuracy, but Justice Department officials believe its release endangers our national security. Republican efforts hands yet another win to Vladimir Putin. The Democrat’s memo must be released so that the public can get to the truth.”


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