Trump orders declassification of documents in Russian investigation - White House

Trump orders declassification of Russia probe documents

Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe

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.

The decision was made at the request of a number of congressional committees and "for reasons of transparency", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday.

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. Trump has made wild accusations against both men, claiming they were part of a politically motivated plot against him.

In addition to his order to declassify materials involving Page and Ohr, Trump has directed the Department of Justice to publicly release "all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr", Sanders said. It was an application to the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which grants secret national security surveillance warrants.

The FBI had previously released a heavily redacted version of the Page FISA application back in July.

Ohr, a senior justice department official who specialises in investigating organised crime, has come under attack from Trump and Republicans because his wife has worked for Fusion GPS, a private intelligence firm that was involved in the production of a notorious "dossier" of allegations linking Trump to Russian Federation.

Trump specified that the text messages must be released "without redaction".

The FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Page, who worked on Trump's campaign, in part by submitting a now questioned dossier compiled by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS.

"As the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed, Page established relations with Russian officials, including Russian intelligence officers". To be immediately followed by the White House following its own release.

Watters said the documents could show proof of "political persecution" of President Trump and his allies. They also believe more documents could be released by Monday.

Trump is taking the extraordinary step in response to calls from his allies in Congress who say they believe the Russian Federation investigation was tainted by anti-Trump bias within the ranks of the FBI and Justice Department.

Democrats and former national security officials have said Trump's directive is a unsafe one - threatening to undermine an investigation of his own campaign and potentially revealing confidential law enforcement sources.

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