Trump Hints of More Declassifications in Russia Probe

Trump orders public release of classified FBI documents text messages on Russia investigation

Trump orders public release of classified FBI documents text messages on Russia investigation

President Donald Trump on Monday directed the Justice Department to declassify and release the text messages of former FBI Director James Comey and others about the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The president also asked the FBI and the DOJ to release, without redaction, all text messages pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation from former FBI director James Comey, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr. Ohr is known to have been in contact with the dossier's author, former British spy Christopher Steele.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Trump's latest decision in a written statement Monday evening, saying the president had directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department to declassify the documents.

The declassification announcement came as part of Trump's continued efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's probe in the wake of the guilty plea of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and amid the ongoing grand jury investigation into a longtime associate, Roger Stone.

"Transparency wins. This is absolutely the right call from @POTUS", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R) of North Carolina, on Twitter.

But Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Trump's decision a "clear abuse of power" meant to advance a "false narrative" to help in his defense from Mueller's probe.

Despite the president's decision to declassify the documents, it is not clear when they will be made public.

"I wrote this book because the president's attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole", McCabe said in a statement issued through St. Martin's. "Officials hope the declassification review will happen, but express private outrage Trump and allies want to spill secrets for apparent political purposes" by Ken Dilanian and Mike Memoli, start with this point and drive it home repeatedly.

Various U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI, have investigated him for alleged contact he had with Russian officials under U.S. sanctions.

However, details to date have largely confirmed that investigatory agencies conformed to previous standards before the FISA court, including identifying any bias in sources of information on which a surveillance application relies.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, sharply criticized Trump. The documentation was characterized by the official as large, and the official also said that there is no time frame for the release.

"I've said before that I prefer not to see things released publicly and it holds true for this as well", Burr told reporters Tuesday.

An inspector general may be able to obtain that information during an investigation and a judge may have occasion to review it to settle an evidence dispute, but a target of an application like Page "certainly doesn't get to look at them", Chesney said. But those documents were heavily redacted, with entire pages blacked out.

Their latest effort could backfire and upend the narrative House Republicans have spent months crafting, should the declassified documents confirm the Federal Bureau of Investigation had more than the dossier to justify the surveillance of Page.

Page has denied that he conspired with Russian Federation, and has not been charged with wrongdoing.

The redacted versions of the FISA warrant applications showed that the agency did raise concerns that Page was a target of Russian recruitment and might have been working with the Kremlin.

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