Trump orders documents relating to Russian Federation investigation, Carter Page FISA warrant declassified

Trump orders documents relating to Russian Federation investigation, Carter Page FISA warrant declassified

President Donald Trump on Monday directed the Justice Department to declassify and release the text messages of former FBI Director James Comey and others about the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

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.

President Trump has ordered the immediate declassification of several documents relating to the 2016 FBI investigation of his campaign, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday evening.

The next paragraph reads: "Senior executives at the FBI, Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence were scrambling Tuesday to respond after being taken by surprise by a White House press release Monday directing them to release classified material they had previously determined should not be made public".

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

This is all part of the standard operating process for declassification, and the President can then order the agencies to make fewer redactions.

However, details to date have largely confirmed that investigatory agencies conformed to previous standards before the FISA court, including identifying any bias in sources of information on which a surveillance application relies.

Monday's declassification order covers 21 pages of a 101-page June 2017 application to renew the warrant - the last of four filed by the Justice Department.

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The Christopher Steele "dossier", which contains salacious claims about President Trump and his ties to Russia, was reportedly stuck in a Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in NY for several weeks in July 2016, during the same time period that officials in Washington, D.C. had already begun looking into Trump campaign associates' ties to Russia, ABC News reported. Democrats weeks later released their own memo.

Democrats on those same panels have argued that declassification would be a crass political move in advance of contentious midterm congressional elections.

According to lawmakers, other indicators that the FISA warrant may have been obtained under false pretenses were exposed in text messages between former Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page. Parts of that surveillance application were released in July, but much was held back for national security reasons.

Republicans, meanwhile, applauded the president for what they described as an effort to promote full transparency. The documentation was characterized by the official as large, and the official also said that there is no time frame for the release.

And the No. 3 Republican in the House, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, tweeted that Trump made the right call.

Though there are other instances of government officials or contractors spilling government secrets, Chesney said, "What's remarkable about this is it's the White House that's doing it".

But Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Trump's decision a "clear abuse of power" meant to advance a "false narrative" to help in his defense from Mueller's probe. "The Threat" is likely to draw comparisons to "A Higher Loyalty", the best-seller by Comey, whom Trump fired in 2017. It was signed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, and the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner.

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