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Kellyanne Conway blasts the press for 'lying' about Trump and the FBI

President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial Republican memo Friday against the firm advice of the FBI. Despite rumors that the bureau's director, Christopher Wray, might step down as a result, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway did not appear concerned Friday during an appearance on Fox & Friends. "The president has not expressed that concern at all," Conway said in response to a question about Wray's possible departure.

The memo, authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), reportedly alleges the FBI abused surveillance laws to improperly surveil members of Trump's 2016 campaign team. Republicans have pushed for the memo to be released, disregarding warnings from the Justice Department that its publication would be "extraordinarily reckless."

"I want to remind everyone of a couple things, because I see people lying about this. The president has stated many times that he respects the rank and file of the FBI," Conway went on. She added that "this particular investigation has taken a lot of twists and turns, and it's led us to a few bad actors who had direct responsibility for an investigation about his political opponent and who are obviously biased against him."

Conway concluded: "Those that want transparency and accountability and a Russia investigation ought to stand firm in that belief today if and when this memo is actually released." Watch below. Jeva Lange