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FBI agents issue a statement ahead of damaging FISA memo release - here's what it said

Agents of the FBI released a rare statement ahead of the impending release of the FISA memo to the public. Release of the memo could come as early as Friday if the president signs off on the decision.(Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

FBI agents released a statement Thursday through the FBI Agents Association ahead of the release of the FISA memo that reportedly accuses the agency and the Department of Justice of malfeasance in seeking FISA warrants on members of the Trump campaign.

Here's what the statement read:

"The FBI Agents Association appreciates FBI Director Chris Wray standing shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the FBI as we work together to protect our country from criminal and national security threats," the statement read on the association's official Twitter account.

"As Director Wray noted, FBI Special Agents have remained steadfast in their dedication to professionalism, and we remain focused on our important work to protect the country from terrorists and criminals — both domestic and international," the statement said.

"Special Agents take a solemn oath to our country and to the Constitution," it concluded, "and the American public continues to be well-served by the world’s preeminent law enforcement agency.”

The statement appeared to be in support of FBI Director Wray, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, even as the president's allies accused the bureau of corruption.

"Grave concerns"

On Wednesday, the FBI released a statement calling into question the accuracy of the FISA memo while saying they had "grave concerns" about its impending release to the public.

The House Intelligence Committee voted to release the memo, which could come as early as Friday if the president signs off on the decision.

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