Trump orders related to start of Russia investigation declassified
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - At the White House, President Trump said Tuesday, “I want transparency and so does everybody else.”
It’s the reason the White House is giving for an order to the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice to immediately declassify certain documents related to the start of the Russia investigation.
Among them -- the application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) the FBI used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, FBI reports and interviews with Bruce Ohr and all text messages related to the Russia investigation “without redaction” of former FBI Director James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr of the Justice Department, an agency the President and many Republicans have accused of stonewalling the process.
“There’s no denying that the Department of Justice has been slow-walking documents that congress has been asking for congress has a legitimate oversight function,” said Kayleigh McEnany, a spokesperson for The Republican National Committee, in an interview Tuesday.
A key issue here is the basis of the FISA warrant eventually used to surveil Carter Page which some Republicans believe was only approved because of information that came from a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded in part by Fusion GPS and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
“Civil liberties were violated Carter Page was the subject of a wiretap based on a dossier as the key source, given to the FISA court , a dossier funded by Democrats,” McEnany said.
On capitol hill democrats say this campaign is simply one to try to undermine special counsel robert mueller’s investigation... Some even call it an abuse of power by the president.
“Some of the disclosures will out at risk some of the most sensitive sources and methods of our nations law enforcement and intelligence professionals,” Sen Chuck Schumer, D, New York, said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Sen. Tom Udall, D, New Mexico, called it the “politicizing the national security establishment and the intelligence establishment.”
What’s not clear yet is when or how these documents will be released.