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And if you look at the institutions that the president has attacked, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the judiciary, and the media, I mean, I would argue that all of those institutions are part of what makes this country free.

"We are doing Putin's job for him".

"In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy", McCain added. The life-long Russophobe even issued a special statement on the day of the memo's release, expressing his discontent with the situation.

Trump reportedly believes the Nunes memo could help discredit the investigations into Russian meddling and any potential collusion by his team. "Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond", McCain said in a statement.

John McCain: "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's". And you've got Vladimir Putin there smiling.

Democrat representatives in Congress lined up to back Pelosi.

Maverick GOP Senator John McCain joined the mainstream media and liberal legislators on Friday, blasting the recently released FISA memo and baselessly claiming President Trump and his GOP colleagues were "serving Putin's" interest. He says the controversy over the handling of the Russia investigation isn't helping anyone but the Russians. He called it a "dishonest and misleading" document that "inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen".

The four-page memo was commissioned by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-California) in mid-January. The reason Christopher Steele went to the FBI in the first place was because he believed he was seeing a crime in action. Trump authorized its release on Friday.