>> President Trump has authorized the release of a highly divisive Republican memo alleging anti-Trump bias at the FBI in the Russia probe. Trump started his day Friday by going after his own law enforcement agencies. In an early morning tweet, he writes, quote, The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans.
Those top two leaders, of course, are both Trump appointees. The controversial four page memo drew a rare public rebuke from the FBI Wednesday. A move praised by former director, James Comey, who was fired by Trump, tweeting, quote, American history shows that, in the long run weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up.
The Democrats say the memo cherry picks information to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Despite all of that, the White House says the memo will be released on Friday. The House Intelligence panel, headed by Republican Devin Nunes, set all of this in motion on Monday, voting along party lines to publicly release the memo.
On Thursday the panel's top Democratic, Adam Schiff, said the Nunes memo had been changed after the panel voted to release it. He said the panel should vote again on the changed version.>> We now know from the FBI that, when they finally got a chance to look at it, that the memo is seriously misleading because it omits very material information and has deep factual inaccuracies.
>> But House Speaker Paul Ryan defended the release.>> What this is not is an indictment on our institutions, of our justice system. Sources tell Reuters, the memo accuses FBI officials of misleading a federal judge about the origins of a dossier used to justify surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.
Meanwhile, CBS News reports FBI director Christopher Wray is prepared to issue a rebuttal to the memo once it's released.>> But we have a lot of->> All of this is intensifying an already strained relationship between Trump and his own Justice Department as Mueller's investigation moves ahead.