Trump Declassifies Russia Probe Documents in Latest Attempt to Undermine Mueller

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The American firebrand also told the DOJ to release reports about its interview with official Bruce Ohr. The department responded with a statement saying it will review the information to ensure it doesn't release anything that would put "national security interests" at risk.

Mr. Trump announced the move Monday afternoon, after repeated requests from Republicans in both chambers of Congress.

He also ordered the release of reports of interviews with Bruce Ohr and the FISA surveillance warrant application related to his former campaign advisor Carter Page.

In comments later at the White House, the president said he wants "total transparency", returning to his usual refrain that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt".


"While transparency about intelligence community operations is important, the continued release of information related to the Russian Federation investigation, the Carter Page FISAs and related materials appears to be for political purposes as we near midterm election", said Cordero, now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday. The documents were sent to the "wrong person", ABC's sources said, and the documents sat untouched in the field office for weeks, as counterintelligence officials in D.C. began looking into former Trump campaign associate Carter Page and chairman Paul Manafort.

Page admitted earlier this summer, Fox News reported Sunday, that investigators, led by her then-paramour Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after more than nine months of investigating.

Trump's demands mark his latest effort to turn up the heat on the Justice Department, whom he and his Republican allies have accused of running a tainted probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


"The applications routinely will contain critically sensitive details about the methods and means by which intelligence investigations gather information, including the identities of sources who may well be endangered if their identity becomes public and who certainly will be dis-incentivized from future cooperation as well", said Bobby Chesney, a national security law professor at the University of Texas. Democrats later countered with their own memo.

"These documents will reveal to the American people some of the systemic corruption and bias that took place at the highest levels of the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation, including using the tools of our intelligence community for partisan political ends", said Gaetz.

"As requested by the White House, the ODNI is working expeditiously with our interagency partners to conduct a declassification review of the documents the President has identified for declassification", ODNI spokesperson Kellie Wade said.

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".


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