Trump Orders Declassification Of Documents In Russia Investigation

Trump Orders Declassification Of Documents In Russia Investigation

Trump Orders Declassification Of Documents In Russia Investigation

The president ordered the Department of Justice and director of National Intelligence to declassify documents related to a search warrant on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, as well as interviews conducted by DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

He also directed the Department of Justice to release FBI reports about Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department attorney, and the unredacted text messages of former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Ohr.

The documents the president ordered declassified include a portion of a secret surveillance application for a former Trump campaign adviser, materials by default treated as highly secret and withheld from public view.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is not anxious about Paul Manafort implicating him in the Russian Federation election investigation - though he also declined to say whether he is considering a pardon for his former campaign chairman.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the declassification of troves of documents Monday related to the start of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe.

"President Trump, in a clear abuse of power, has chose to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team and thinks will advance a false narrative", Rep.

"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies", Warner said.

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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.

Trump gave his orders at the behest of some of the most conservative members of the U.S. House, who maintain that the FBI's investigation was tainted at the start due to anti-Trump bias.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, said in a statement that Trump's actions were a "direct and frantic response" to Mr. Manafort's recent guilty plea and cooperation agreement with Mr. Mueller.

The move, which has prompted renewed unease about the increasing politicization of intelligence materials, is likely to further inflame tensions between the President and intelligence and law enforcement officials, who have been the target of presidential Twitter tirades and who have voiced concerns in the past about potentially jeopardizing sources and methods.

Trump has consistently denied any sort of collusion with the Russians, as well as claims that he has tried to obstruct justice in the investigation with moves like the 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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.

Additionally, the US President urged the release of text messages, sent or received by ex-FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired a year ago. But in this case, he said the President has the unilateral authority to declassify. He has also personally attacked every individual whose text messages he wants released to the public.

One of the House members demanding release, Jim Jordan, told CNN he didn't know whether the details would bolster or knock down their position.

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