Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

On Monday President Trump ordered intelligence agencies to declassify a mountain of Russian Federation documents and texts, including documents regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on Carter Page and texts from key players in the Russian Federation investigation.

According to Sanders' statement, Trump also directed the Justice Department to publicly release in full the text messages of Comey, Ohr, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI special agent Peter Strzok that are related to the Russian Federation investigation. Strzok was also recently fired, and has been criticised for sending texts disparaging Trump as a presidential candidate.

"We're going to see", Trump told reporters Tuesday while meeting with his Polish counterpart at the White House, repeating his allegation that the investigation itself "is a witch hunt".

The FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had no immediate comment.

But California Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the move a "clear abuse of power". -Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he had been told the release of these materials could compromise intelligence sources and methods.

Republican Representative Matt Gaetz praised the directive.

The FBI and DOJ feel as though the release of these documents will put their sources and methods at risk. But when it does it would be the latest move by Trump and his administration to release previously secret documents at the heart of claims by the president's allies on Capitol Hill.

"The danger (is that) decisions such as this, especially if they might appear to be politically motivated, suggest that the US Government can't be trusted to keep its own secrets", said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Some people aren't likely to risk their lives or their families' under those conditions".

Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House intelligence committee on November 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. All four applications were approved.

"With the walls clearly closing in on him, President Trump is lashing out with this extraordinarily reckless and irresponsible release of classified information in a desperate attempt to distract from the seven guilty pleas and the mounting evidence of multiple criminal enterprises among his closest advisors", they said.

In the original application, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it believed that "Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian Government". Current and former law enforcement officials have vehemently denied those accusations, saying they met the probable cause standard to investigate Page and others for possibly acting on Russia's behalf.

Ohr is a former high-ranking DOJ official who met repeatedly with British spy Christopher Steele, author of the notorious "Trump dossier" funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign through the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

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