Sources are telling CNN that President Donald Trump is championing a controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as a way to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.


"In phone calls last night and over the past days, Trump has told friends he believes the memo would expose bias within the agency's top ranks and make it easier for him to argue the Russia investigations are prejudiced against him," CNN writes, citing two sources.

CNN's sources also claim that the president is plotting for ways to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from handling the Russia probe.

"Another person said Trump is so frustrated with the Russia investigation and, in turn, Rosenstein that he may look for any opportunity to build a case for Rosenstein's firing," CNN reports. "He could argue that Rosenstein failed to scrutinize the information initially used to request the warrant and therefore didn't do his due diligence."

The FBI on Wednesday issued an extraordinary statement slamming the Nunes memo as based on cherry-picked intelligence and called its conclusions misleading. Despite this, the president is still expected to release the memo.