>> Washington on edge Thursday as the White House works to release a Republican memo alleging anti Trump bias by the FBI in the Russia probe. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the controversial four-page memo has taken on a life of its own. Drawing a rare public rebuke from the FBI and outrage from Democrats.
They say the memo makes selective use of classified data in an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, into whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow. Despite all of this, the White House says it could approve the memo's release as soon as Friday. The House Intelligence Panel, headed by Republican Devin Nunes, set all of this in motion on voting along party lines to publicly release the memo over the objections of the FBI and US spy services.
President Trump was caught on camera after his State of The Union speech, saying he 100% wanted it released.>> Don't worry, it's 100%.>>
On Thursday the panel's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, stirred the pot further, saying the Nunes memo had been changed after the panel voted to release it.
He said the panel should vote again on the changed version.>> It omits very material information and has deep factual inaccuracies.>> Sources tell Reuters, the memo accuses FBI officials of misleading a federal judge when they sought surveillance on former Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page. The memo says the FBI drew on inaccurate research funded partly by Democrats, but the memo's critics, including the FBI, say the classified details had been verified.
On Wednesday, the bureau issued a statement slamming the memo's quote, material omissions. House Speaker Paul Ryan sees it differently.>> If mistakes were made and if individuals did something wrong, then it is our job as the legislative branch of government to conduct oversight over the executive branch if abuses were made.
>> All of this coming after the FBI's number two official, Andrew McCabe, abruptly resigned on Monday after facing withering criticism from Trump. The memo could fire up Trump's supporters and help him survive the scandal, but the whole episode is putting clear strains on the nation's top law enforcement agency.
>> Talk to the memo, Mr. President.