U.S. President Donald Trump is declassifying a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, including portions of a secret surveillance warrant and former FBI director James Comey's text messages.
Other documents that are to be declassified in the FISA application include FBI reports of Russian Federation investigation interviews with Ohr, who had had conversations with Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who was hired to compile unverified, unflattering information about Mr. Trump - the so-called "dossier" - during the presidential campaign.
The declassification order includes redacted portions of the FISA warrant the FBI obtained to spy on Trump associate Page, all FBI notes on interviews related to obtaining the warrant on Page, and all FBI notes on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr related to the Russian Federation investigation.
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.
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.
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One of those sections appears to relate to the time period that Page worked on Trump's campaign as a foreign policy adviser. Notes leaked by The Hill in an explosive investigative report suggest Ohr served as a middle man between Steele and the Federal Bureau of Investigation even after he was terminated as a source, so Steele could continue feeding the Federal Bureau of Investigation information.
However, Juan Williams cautioned that Trump's decision to declassify the documents could be proof of a "flailing president" who is concerned about the current political scene.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi also came down hard on Trump, calling his decision to selectively release sensitive information "desperate, dangerous, and deliberately misleading". "Let's bring the full truth to light, while protecting sources and methods, and allow the American people to judge for themselves". Democrats weeks later released their own memo.
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