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FBI official under investigation for allegedly altering document in Russia probe: report

An FBI official is being investigated after allegedly altering a document connected to surveillance of a 2016 Trump campaign aide, CNN reported Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. 

The alleged altering was reportedly discovered as part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's probe into whether the FBI followed the law and its own policies while applying for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign official Carter Page during the 2016 election. 

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CNN reported that Horowitz gave the allegedly changed document to John DurhamJohn DurhamTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump Report: Barr says review of Russia investigation won't be ready before election MORE, who is leading an investigation into the origins of the government's Russia probe. The document is one focus of Durham's criminal investigation, according to the news network. 

Sources told CNN that a witness admitted to the change after being confronted by Horowitz's team about the document. Whether the FBI employee still works for the bureau and the person's rank and identity are reportedly unknown. 

It is also reportedly unknown whether the document in question played a significant role in the investigation of Page. 

The inspector general's office in March 2018 announced that it would review the FBI's compliance with surveillance requirements amid Republican claims that there was an abuse of power relating to the monitoring of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE’s 2016 campaign.

The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department and FBI for comment.