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The controversial classified memo alleging that the FBI abused its power while conducting surveillance on Donald Trump's presidential campaign associates as part of its investigation of his alleged links to Russia caused hysteria in the American establishment.

Axar.az reports citing Sputnik.

Trump approved the publication of the four-page document, which was sent back to the congressional panel and then released.

"The memo was sent to Congress, it was declassified. Congress will do whatever they're going to do. But I think it's a disgrace what's happened in our country," Trump said when asked about his thoughts on the document. "A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves."

Trump is said to have authorized the publication of the document "in full," despite the objections from the FBI.

The memo was compiled by Davin Nunes, the chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee that leads the investigation into Trump's campaign. The document suggests that FBI and Justice Department officials misused power while conducting surveillance on Trump campaign's officials in early phases of the probe.
This comes hours after the US president slammed the leaders at the FBI and the Justice Department for taking the Democrats' side in the ongoing probe into his alleged collusion with Moscow.

Trump read the document on Thursday and was ok with its release, according to the White House. CNN also reported that day that Trump believed the document would reveal bias within the FBI and make it easier for him to prove he had no collusion with Russia.

The US House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday in favor of the memo's release despite the furious opposition from the Democrats and the agencies. The FBI and the Justice Department said that the memo could harm the national security and mislead the public.

Several separate investigations were launched after the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election in 2016 to find out if he had links to the Russian government. Trump, as well as Russian authorities, have denied accusations.

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2018.02.02 / 22:29
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