Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

BREAKING President Trump Orders Declassification of Some FISA Court Documents All Texts From Russia Investigation

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement that in addition to Comey's texts, the president is ordering the Justice Department to publicly release Ohr's texts related to the Russian Federation investigation as well as those of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

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 also ordered the department to declassify interviews with current DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

A month ago, the president made headlines when he revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a persistent Trump critic on TV and on Twitter, who played a role in referring information to the FBI that would spark the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.

Republicans claim the investigation is biased against Trump.

"It's time to get the full truth on the table so the American people can decide for themselves on what happened at the highest levels of their Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina.

Both the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department issued statements late Monday saying they were working to comply with the order but had to review the documents first, "to ensure the safety of America's national security interests".

It is not clear from the statement when the declassification and release of the documents will occur.

"It is a totally illegal Witch Hunt!"

Various U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI, have investigated him for alleged contact he had with Russian officials under U.S. sanctions. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday.

Page admitted earlier this summer, 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.

"Paul Manafort was with me for a short period of time", Trump said.

After Manafort was convicted in the August case, Trump said he had "such respect for a fearless man: because "he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal'". But the North Carolina Republican nevertheless defended Trump's prerogative to declassify the materials. A footnote also disclosed a political motivation behind the Steele dossier and said the person behind it was likely looking for information to discredit Trump's campaign, but Trump did not order the vast majority of that portion of the October 2016 FISA declassified Monday.

The FBI earlier released in heavily redacted format 412 pages of surveillance applications and court orders related to Page. Page has since left the bureau and Strzok was sacked earlier this year by the FBI for his actions during the investigation; including moments where they discussed communications with the media and published stories, they considered using as a "pretext" to conduct more interviews of Trump campaign personnel.

These previously released documents are expected to have fewer redactions and documents that have not been previously released will be redacted and sent to the White House counsel for approval.



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