Trump telling people Nunes memo will discredit Mueller probe: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE has privately told associates that he believes a contentious memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee could be used to discredit the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, according to CNN.

In phone calls with friends in recent days, Trump has said that he believes the memo will reveal biases and abuses by the FBI and Justice Department that could back up his claims that the probe is a partisan exercise, CNN reported on Thursday.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to release a controversial memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department misused their authority to obtain a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 presidential race.

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Some Republicans have argued that releasing the memo is necessary, because it sheds light on the origins of the Russia investigation, as well as possible abuses by federal law enforcement officials. Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee, has been a vocal proponent of making the memo public.

But the move has been vehemently opposed by Democrats and law enforcement officials, who have raised questions about the memo's accuracy and its omission of key information that they say is needed to put the issue into proper context.

Trump still has two days left to review the GOP memo to determine whether to allow its release, though he is widely expected to give it the OK. A decision is expected as soon as Thursday.

The FBI released a rare statement on Wednesday, saying that it has "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy. The statement highlights a division between the Justice Department and the White House.

CNN reported that Trump was upset with that statement and that he has also directed some of his ire at Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinThree reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor MORE, who appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to lead the law enforcement investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

According to CNN, Trump has recently floated the notion of ousting Rosenstein, who began overseeing the Russia investigation last year after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump unsure if Mattis will stay: 'He's sort of a Democrat' Will Sessions use indefinite mandatory detention to reduce the demand for asylum hearings? Chicago sues Trump admin for withholding police funding over sanctuary city policies MORE recused himself from the case.

The memo's release, CNN reported, could be used by Trump as an impetus for firing the deputy attorney general.