Trump Orders Declassification Of Documents In Russia Investigation

BREAKING President Trump Orders Declassification of Some FISA Court Documents All Texts From Russia Investigation

Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe

Mr. Trump also ordered that text messages from senior Justice. They also believe that Trump has a clear conflict of interest by trying to discredit an investigation in which he himself is a subject.

"This radical policy choice is not being made on traditional policy grounds".

A Justice Department spokesperson said Monday evening that the document review process had already begun.

Members of the FBI, the Justice Department, and United States intelligence agencies had objected to declassifying the documents, noting that the Russian Federation investigation is ongoing.

But one source familiar with the process, speaking on condition of anonymity, said neither the Justice Department nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation had any idea how the declassification process was supposed to work in this case - suggesting Trump's order had taken them by surprise.

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Speaking with reporters Wednesday at the White House, Trump said Manafort did the same kind of work for his campaign as he did for previous Republican candidates.

Democrats immediately opposed the President's move, accusing him of abusing his power.

According to the statement, Trump declassified 21 pages of the 101-page June 2017 application to renew a warrant obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.

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The president tweeted Tuesday on the move, quoting a supportive congressman and adding: "Really bad things were happening, but they are now being exposed".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday, "the President is potentially risking the lives of our patriots by compromising sources and methods, all so he can advance falsehoods and false narratives that distract from the truth of the Trump-Russia scandal".

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday that he would prefer to keep the FISA documents on Page classified. Those allies, particularly conservative Republicans in the House, contend that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is biased against Trump at its core and from its early stages.

But another tranche of documents will generate a protracted back-and-forth between the agency and Trump's director of national intelligence over how much is too much to show, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

Some 30 members of Congresshave reviewed largely unredacted versions of the highly sensitive FISA applications, but several of the most vocal members of the current declassification campaign have not.

The applications are detailed enough to convince a court that surveillance is appropriate, Kris said, so concern that information from them could be disclosed could "strain the system".

And a court filing Monday suggests the public will have to wait a little longer. "They have an obligation to be candid", said Kris, founder of Culper Partners consulting firm.

The move was confirmed in a statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And later that same month, a countermemo by Democrats on the same committee was declassified and released in redacted form.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement that in addition to Comey's texts, the president is ordering the Justice Department to publicly release Ohr's texts related to the Russian Federation investigation as well as those of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. He has also personally attacked every individual whose text messages he wants released to the public.

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