>> A controversial Republican memo alleging FBI bias against President Trump in the Russia probe has been released. The Republican memo says Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote an unverified dossier on President Trump's ties to Russia, told a senior Justice Department official in September 2016, he was quote desperate that Trump not get elected.
>> I think it's a disgrace.>> The memo, declassified by President Trump on Friday over the FBI's objections, puts the White House in direct conflict with the nation's top law enforcement agency and its director, Christopher Wray. The memo, commissioned by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunez, says an FBI official acknowledged to lawmakers the dossier, compiled by Steele, was an essential part of an application for surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Dustin Volz is following the story.>> The release of the memo is highly unusual because, typically, we don't get to see anything about the surveillance warrants that the court approves. The idea that this order is very far off in left field and doesn't meet the normal scrutiny, sort of ignores the reality that there's nothing in the memo that clearly says that there was a law violated or something specific that would have suggested that the judge shouldn't have approved this.
>> The memo, part of a wider struggle over special council Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow. The FBI, on Wednesday, issued a rare public statement charging the memo has quote material omissions of fact.
Republicans have pushed for the memo's release for weeks, saying it reveals bias in the investigation at the FBI. While Democrats have denounced it as misleading, saying it was a political ploy intended to discredit Mueller's probe.