Donald Trump Vindicated by Memo: Calls Russia Investigation an 'American Disgrace'

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In his first comments since the House Intelligence Committee released a once-secret and controversial memo, President Donald Trump on Saturday said the Republican-penned document vindicates him, once again asserting that there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Past year one of Trump's aides pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has also been charged in relation to the probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. ". While we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another".

Former FBI director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May over the Russian Federation investigation, asked "That's it?" upon the memo's publication, branding it "Dishonest and misleading".

The so-called attacks "serve no American interests", he added - "no party's, no president's, only Putin's".

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said, "The memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe. This is an American disgrace!"

The tweet is at odds with what House Speaker Paul Ryan has said about the goal of releasing the memo.

Gowdy, the only GOP investigator who has actually seen the FISA warrant applications - Nunes admitted on Fox News Friday night he had not seen the actual applications - tweeted on Friday night that the memo in no way discredits Mueller's probe.

"A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves", Trump told reporters shortly before signing off on the memo's release.



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