Nunes memo released, claims FBI bias against Trump

The controversial Nunes memo has been released, alleging an abuse of power by the FBI in the investigation into Russia and the 2016 federal election.

The document was released with Trump’s approval, despite a warning from the Department of Justice that it was a “reckless” act.

The memo claims that the FBI relied on information from former British spy Christopher Steele, who was funded by the Democrats, but omitted the context when seeking an application to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page.

The document has, however, been criticised for errors and omissions, including omitting the fact that Carter Page had taken a trip to Moscow in early July, 2016, catching the attention of the FBI.

It also undermines claims that the FBI were relying solely on Mr Steele’s dossier, with the FISA warrant for Mr Page also including information regarding Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous, who was not in the dossier.

The memo also claims the investigation was triggered by the Papadopolous information in July 2016, before the FISA warrant was sought.

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