Trump reportedly blew up at his staff aboard Air Force One after being warned against releasing the secret Russia investigation memo

  • President Donald Trump reportedly erupted at his staff aboard Air Force One after learning that a Department of Justice official warned against releasing a controversial and classified memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes.
  • Trump, together with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House chief of staff John Kelly, reportedly spoke to officials and staffers about the DOJ's performance.
  • The reported outburst follows a pattern in which Trump has been increasingly involved in internal DOJ and FBI operations.


On his flight back to the US from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump erupted in anger at his staff after learning that Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd had warned that it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release a classified House Intelligence Committee memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes,, according to Bloomberg.

The memo in question details allegations that the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference has been mishandled by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI. Trump has repeatedly called for the memo's release, likely in the hope that it would vindicate his belief that the multiple probes being conducted are a partisan "witch hunt" — a claim Trump has made on multiple occasions.

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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to board Air Force One for travel to Philadelphia from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump waves to onlookers as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists on board of Air Force One on a trip to Palm Beach, Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One upon his departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to board Air Force One to depart Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he steps from Air Force One with his son Barron (C) and wife Melania upon their arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he boards Air Force One upon departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump returns a salute as he steps from Marine One to board Air Force One as he departs Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Atlanta from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., before traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump returns from a weekend at his New Jersey golf estate home via Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media on board of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., before departure to Lynchburg, Virginia, May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One in Groton, Connecticut U.S., May 17 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) and his wife Melania arrive to board Air Force One for his first international trip as president, including stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and at the G7 summit in Sicily, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One to depart for Israel from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave before boarding Air Force One at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Sigonella Air Force Base at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., before traveling to Bedminister, New Jersey for the weekend, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk toward Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron board Air force One to depart Washington at Joint Base Andrews Maryland, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air force One at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., en route back to Washington after a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for their trip to Germany, at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Orly airport near Paris, France, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald steps from Air Force One upon his arrival in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. to spend the weekend in Bedminster July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and first lady Melania Trump arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Ohio from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S. July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Bloomberg's sources also noted that Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly had spoken personally to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of his staff, with Trump himself telling Sessions that he should do his job as well as could or risk being seen as a failure.

Trump has reportedly been more and more frustrated by the DOJ's inability to do his bidding in recent months, and on one occasion last week asked why he couldn't get "[his guys]" and the "Trump Justice Department" to do what he tells them to do.

Trump's heavy-handed involvement in the affairs of the DOJ and FBI has led several high-ranking members of the organizations to threaten to resign, and the FBI's deputy director, Andre McCabe, stepped down on Monday after months of pressure from Trump, who reportedly told FBI Director Christopher Wray to remove him. McCabe had previously been the subject of a string of tweets sent by Trump that referenced his wife, his impending retirement, and his alleged connections to former 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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