Former FBI official under scrutiny in DOJ watchdog's FISA probe: Sources

An inspector general's report detailing the findings will be released Dec. 9.

A former FBI official is under scrutiny by the Justice Department for allegedly altering a document related to the 2016 surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The sources emphasized that the alleged alteration may not have had any material impact on the appropriateness of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrant targeting Page.

Horowitz has said he will release the final report on his findings Dec. 9, and he will face lawmakers two days later in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

CNN first reported the development Thursday evening.

The alteration could provide more insight into why a separate, still-ongoing review of the Russia probe launched by Attorney General William Barr, and led by Durham, has recently turned into a criminal investigation, according to sources.

The FBI and DOJ declined ABC News' requests for comment.

Trump himself has taken those criticisms further, arguing the investigation should never have been launched in the first place.

"This was spying on my campaign, something that has never been done in the history of our country," Trump said in a telephone interview with "Fox and Friends" Friday morning. "This was an overthrow attempt at the presidency."

But it's not clear whether Horowitz's scrutiny of actions taken by FBI and DOJ officials will go so far as to argue against the legitimacy of the investigation, which, following the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, resulted in federal indictments against 34 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes.

Republicans have suggested for months they expect Horowitz's report to be highly damning, and at the very least will include calls for significant reform of the FBI's investigative procedures.

Democrats in turn have argued the scrutiny of the investigators is merely an attempt to deflect against Russia's extensive efforts to interfere in the 2016 election in order to benefit President Trump.

In a statement Thursday announcing Horowitz's testimony on Dec. 11, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believes Horowitz will share "recommendations as to how to make our judicial and investigative systems better."