The Latest: Trump accuses FBI, DOJ of favoring Dems

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The Latest: Trump accuses FBI, DOJ of favoring Dems
The Latest: Trump accuses FBI, DOJ of favoring Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump and the FBI (all times local):

6:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is accusing the FBI and Justice Department of playing politics “in favor of Democrats and against Republicans.”

Trump tweets: “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 – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!”

White House officials say President Donald Trump will allow the publication of a classified memo prepared by Republicans accusing the FBI of abusive surveillance tactics in the Russia investigation.

The memo is said to allege FBI misconduct in the initial stages of its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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12:19 a.m.

White House officials say President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a classified memo on the Russia investigation.

The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, is said to allege FBI misconduct in the initial stages of its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Trump’s Justice Department furiously lobbied Trump to stop the release, saying it could harm national security and mislead the public.

A White House official said Congress would probably be informed of the decision Friday. A second official said Trump was likely to declassify the congressional memo but the precise method for making it public was still being figured out. The officials were not authorized to be quoted about private deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Committee (RNC) winter meeting in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., attends a speech by President Donald Trump at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference at The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, arrives to speak at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by from left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference at The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Washington. Trump is traveling to speak at the House and Senate Republicans’ annual legislative planning conference at the luxury Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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