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Trump orders DNI, DOJ to declassify documents related to Russian Federation investigation

Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok arrives to testify on FBI and Department of Justice actions during the 2016 Presidential election during a House Joint committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Trump orders feds to declassify key FISA documents, text messages in FBI Russia probe
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 14:17

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision in a statement Monday noting Trump's decision comes "at the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency".

Finally, Trump directed the Justice Department to release, without redactions, text messages relating to the Russian Federation probe from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other officials, including FBI agent Peter Strzok.

The pages that Trump ordered declassified concern Page's links to the Russian government and alleged ties to Russia's intelligence services, including his 2004-2007 residency in Russia, where he began business dealings with state-owned Gazprom. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday.

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.

"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.

As legal experts told Politico, Trump's order to release unreacted text messages from Comey and others has "he potential to violate the Privacy Act, a federal law protecting against disclosure of personal information in government files".

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Carter Page is an American oil industry consultant who served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign.

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.

Several of Trump's allies on Capitol Hill, including Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who requested that the documents be provided, applauded the president's move.

"A lot of what has been going on [concerning] surveillance and the special counsel. from the jump has been corrupt at the highest levels", he said.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi also came down hard on Trump, calling his decision to selectively release sensitive information "desperate, dangerous, and deliberately misleading". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, which has thrown his confirmation into question as senators seek more information on the claim.

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