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Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

The three agencies are doing a methodical review of the material and don't have a timeline of when they'll finish the work, Bloomberg News reported.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, one of the Republicans leading the calls for declassification, tweeted his support for Trump's decision, saying, "Transparency wins".

The declassification decision and order for public release of the documents was quickly praised by Trump allies in Congress and attacked by Democrats.

The unredacted portion also makes clear that some of those suspicions are based on information provided by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who had been hired by a United States firm, Fusion GPS, to do research into Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation.

The president also did not order the declassification of a subsequent part of the document that details information Page provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during an earlier interview, or sections that go over Russia's attempts to recruit New York City residents as intelligence assets.

"What we've done is a great service to the country, really", Trump told Hill.TV in an Oval Office interview Tuesday. "I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I've done ... in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt".

Additionally, Trump has ordered DOJ and FBI to release all text messages related to the Russian Federation investigation - in unredacted form - of former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and Ohr.

Fox News was told that the Carter Page surveillance warrant application it expected to be declassified first, and then the FBI's interview reports on Bruce Ohr.




The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it would comply as well.

Warrants to monitor the communications of a suspected agent of a foreign power are a common tool in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, but they're applied for before a secret court.

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.

Garber also told Tracy that he is "surprised by the apparent small size of the legal team representing the White House and the president and other witnesses", since "in past investigations of the White House under other administrations, the legal teams were quite large and well-resourced".

Since The Washington Post first revealed the existence of the Page surveillance order a year ago, details of the classified court orders also have been trickling out.

It's unclear if portions of the June 2017 court application that Trump has ordered be released include mention of Ohr, who likely did not appear in the initial application.

The materials won't immediately be made public. His communications were monitored for almost a year starting in October 2016.


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