Monday, 22 October, 2018

Trump orders Federal Bureau of Investigation documents, texts from Russian Federation probe declassified

Melinda Barton | 18 September, 2018, 07:55

Trump requested the release of "all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation" from several former senior FBI officials, including James Comey, the former director, and Andrew McCabe, his former deputy.

In addition, Trump asked the department to publicly release about 20 pages of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application for the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, all Federal Bureau of Investigation reports of interviews with Ohr and all Federal Bureau of Investigation reports of interviews connected to the FISA application for Carter Page.

In an unprecedented move, President Trump has ordered the Justice Department and FBI to publicly release a handful of former top government officials' unredacted texts about the Russian Federation investigation.

However, Republicans have called on Trump to release documents related to the Robert Mueller's probe for weeks, despite not knowing what the material actually contains.

Ms. Page replies, "We need to lock in (redacted). Soon.' Wow, a conspiracy caught?" he tweeted earlier Monday in a typical post on the topic. The June 2017 application was the last of four filed by the Justice Department in support of FISA court orders allowing the monitoring of Page for almost a year.

On Sunday House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who has been requesting President Trump declassify these documents for months, argued the documents needed to be declassified before the2018 midterm elections. Democrats weeks later released their own memo. 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.

"This has been a long time in coming", Jesse Watters said, adding that people have been asking for the release of these documents for a year or more.

"President Trump, in a clear abuse of power, has made a decision 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".

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, sharply criticized Trump.