>> President Trump's allies in Congress are taking aim at the FBI, as investigators drill into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Republicans on Capitol Hill are asking whether the FBI is acting impartially, as it tries to determine whether the Trump campaign worked with Moscow in the 2016 elections.
Democrats say all of this is a transparent attempt to distract attention from the investigation itself and undermine confidence in the people who are doing the work.>> Some Republicans this week are pushing to declassify a memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, so they can share it with the public.
The memo allegedly charges the FBI with relying on flawed information in the Russia probe, overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller. Republicans are also pointing to communications that they say show an anti-Trump bias, including some 50,000 text messages between two FBI agents who were briefly involved in the Russia probe, one of whom referred to Trump as an idiot.
On Twitter, Trump is questioning why the Justice Department can't find five months worth of messages between the two. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the department to figure out why those messages disappeared. The criticism of the FBI comes as sources tells Reuters that Mueller's team is focusing on whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russia probe, interviewing senior administration officials like Sessions and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Those sources say Mueller is laying the groundwork to interview Trump himself. They're particularly interested in finding out why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last spring.>> The Russian investigation poses a clear threat to Trump. And now some of his GOP allies are trying to build a case of their own, suggesting that the FBI can't be trusted in this matter.
That's a striking shift from the party's traditional law and order message, but it could help to shield Trump in the months ahead, at least in the court of public opinion.