Fox News's Napolitano: If Nunes changed memo to satisfy political needs, 'innocent people will suffer'

Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano said Thursday that "innocent people will suffer" if the substance of the classified GOP memo detailing alleged abuses by the FBI and Justice Department was changed to suit political needs.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, claimed that committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue Overnight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate MORE (R-Calif.) gave President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE a “secretly altered” version of the memo.

“This is about very serious material, this is about raw intelligence data and interpreting it,” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends.” “If you’re going to shade the interpretation of raw intelligence data to please political needs, that is very wrong and highly misleading, and innocent people will suffer because of that.”

Trump once called Napolitano a "very talented legal mind" after the former judge claimed on Fox News that President Obama had enlisted a British spy agency to conduct surveillance on Trump.

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A spokesman for Nunes rebutted Schiff’s accusations, saying that the only changes made to the memo were edits to grammar and two edits requested by the FBI and the panel Democrats.

Trump is currently in the process of reviewing the document and is expected to make a final decision on Friday about whether to release it publicly. The House Intelligence Committee on Monday voted to make the memo public, but opposed releasing a countermemo compiled by panel Democrats.

House GOP lawmakers have pushed for the release of the memo, claiming that it will prove political bias in the FBI, the Justice Department and the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

FBI and Justice Department officials have warned against releasing the memo. The FBI on Wednesday released a statement noting it has “grave concerns” about material omitted from the memo.