They have warned Trump against using the memo as a pretext to fire any more of the top officials overseeing the Russia probe - such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who hired Mueller and oversees the investigation, or Mueller himself.
With the release of the controversial Nunes memo marking the culmination of these efforts - and the president helping feed into conservatives' anti-FBI attitude with his tweets and comments - it appears that the "law and order" party now solidly disapproves of federal law enforcement. Per a new SurveyMonkey poll for Axios, not even 40 percent of Republicans see the FBI in a favorable light.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on Trump to support the release of the House Democrats' memo, calling it "a matter of fundamental fairness" to let the public see both sides of the issue.
"Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then Candidate Trump, in September of 2016, when Steele told Ohr, that he Steele 'was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president." .
The memo "also doesn't have anything to do with obstruction of justice", he added.
Again, there is simply no way Trump can know this based on what we know now.
Later Friday, White House spokesperson Raj Shah said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that "no changes" would be made at the Justice Department.
Trump fired Priebus at the end of July.
Christopher Steele, the former spy who compiled the allegations, acknowledged having strong anti-Trump sentiments.
It also seemed at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan who said a day earlier "this memo is not an indictment of the FBI or the Department of Justice".
"The president is ok with it", the official said.
One argument made against the memo is that it is "partisan".
Correction: A previous version of this story said Rep. Brad Wenstrup was a Republican from Utah.
Trump and congressional Republicans have been attacking the FBI for its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign.
In a separate statement, FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) president Thomas O'Connor opposed the release of the memo.
"You do long-term damage to these institutions if you convince a large swath of the American public that they can't be trusted", Vladeck said.
The memo alleges the FBI concealed the Democratic ties of a source the agency used to justify surveillance on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser with links to Russia. No judge would allow it into evidence, no expert witness would rely on it for an opinion, no one would swear to its contents under penalty of perjury. Only it is far more sinister.
"Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen".
Democrats could seek a vote on publicly releasing their rebuttal memo when the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee meets late Monday afternoon.
"I actually don't want him to testify because as a lawyer, I don't want him caught in a 'gotcha' moment where someone accuses him of lying, where he may not remember something". Ranking Member Adam B. Schiff is expected to offer a motion to release the 10-page document, which Democrats have promised to send to the Justice Department for redactions.
"Having decided to cherry-pick, the Nunes team picked a bunch of the wrong cherries for its own narrative", Matthew Waxman, a Columbia University professor and former Bush administration official, wrote in an email.