Donald Trump has lashed out at the Russia investigation in a Saturday morning tweet storm that accused the Democrats of trying to blame him for not releasing a memo that defends the Federal Bureau of Investigation from claims of bias.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” Mr Trump tweeted. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
His tweets came the day after he refused to declassify a memo written by Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, that rebuts the FBI accusations in a rival document produced by Devin Nunes, the Republican head of the panel. Mr Trump released the Nunes memo last week over the objections of the FBI which said his action would be “extremely reckless”.
发表上述推文的前一天，特朗普拒绝解密众议院情报委员会(House intelligence committee)民主党头号人物亚当•希夫(Adam Schiff)撰写的备忘录，该备忘录中反驳了众议院情报委员会主席、共和党议员戴文•努内斯(Devin Nunes)在另一份备忘录中对FBI的指控。特朗普上周发布了努内斯的备忘录，尽管FBI表示反对，并称他的行动将是“极为鲁莽的”。
Don McGahn, White House counsel, on Friday told the House intelligence panel that Mr Trump was “inclined to declassify” the Schiff memo, but he wanted the justice department to help the Democratic lawmakers revise the document to remove information that could damage national security.
The decision not to release the Schiff memo sparked claims of hypocrisy from the Democrats. Critics have pointed out that Mr Trump on the evening of the State of the Union had told a Republican lawmaker that he would “100 per cent” release the Nunes memo even though he had not read the document at that time and was being asked to hold back by the FBI director.
“The president’s double standard when it comes to transparency is appalling,” Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, said on Friday after the White House said it was not ready to release the Schiff memo. “The rationale for releasing the Nunes memo, transparency, vanishes when it could show information that’s harmful to him. Millions of Americans are asking one simple question: what is he hiding?”
On Saturday, Mr Trump accused the Democrats of deliberating writing a much longer document than the four-page Nunes memo, so that he would be forced to redact information or withhold its release.
“The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
The Nunes memo accused the FBI of bias when it asked a secret intelligence court for a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. The Schiff memo rebuts the claims in the Nunes memo, which many critics have said is a flawed document.
The Nunes memo alleges that the FBI based the warrant request on the Steele memo — raw intelligence compiled by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 operative, for a firm called Fusion GPS that was being paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on Mr Trump.
努尼斯的备忘录声称，FBI把许可令申请建立在“斯蒂尔备忘录”的基础之上。“斯蒂尔备忘录”是英国军情六处(MI6)前特工克里斯托弗•斯蒂尔(Christopher Steele)为一家名为Fusion GPS的机构汇编的原始情报，民主党全国委员会(Democratic National Committee)曾出资给这家机构找到有关特朗普的黑材料。
Fusion GPS was originally paid by a Republican who was trying to prevent Mr Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination. But its investigative efforts were later funded by the DNC which was trying to help Hillary Clinton beat Mr Trump. Allies of Mr Trump have accused Fusion GPS and Mr Steele of deliberately trying to destroy his campaign, and his presidency.
Fusion GPS最初是由一位共和党人出资，他试图阻止特朗普赢得共和党总统提名。但后来民主党全国委员会为该机构的调查出资，试图帮助希拉里•克林顿(Hillary Clinton)击败特朗普。特朗普的盟友指责Fusion GPS和斯蒂尔试图故意破坏特朗普的竞选以及总统职位。
Mr Schiff on Friday slammed the decision by Mr Trump not to release his memo. “After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading Nunes memo because it omits material facts, @POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed Nunes memo to begin with,” he tweeted.