Trump declassifies documents related to Russian Federation probe

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

President Trump directs DOJ to publicly release "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr", as well as declassify other material related to the Russian investigation.

Additionally, Trump has ordered DOJ and FBI to release all text messages related to the Russian Federation investigation - in unredacted form - of former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and Ohr.

Ohr is accused of having improper communications with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who provided the FBI the unverified Trump dossier before he was terminated as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the press.

President Donald Trump ordered that FBI documents and text messages related to the Russian Federation investigation be declassified and released publicly.

The FBI had previously released a heavily redacted version of the Page FISA application back in July.

He also highlighted a message from Strzok to Page, proposing to "lock in" an investigation right after Comey was sacked from the FBI. It will be updated when more information becomes available. The application process that goes into obtaining a FISA warrant targeting a U.S. person involves multiple levels of authorization, as well as permission from a FISA court judge.

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Page admitted earlier this summer, Fox News reported Sunday, that investigators, led by her then-paramour Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after more than nine months of investigating.

The White House said in a statement the move came at the request of "a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency".

Several of Trump's allies on Capitol Hill, including Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who requested that the documents be provided, applauded the president's move.

"A lot of what has been going on [concerning] surveillance and the special counsel. from the jump has been corrupt at the highest levels", he said.

It was not immediately clear when or how the documents would be released. With respect to some of these materials, I have been previously informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department that they would consider their release a red line that must not be crossed as they may compromise sources and methods.

"The case should never have been allowed to be brought", Trump added.

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