Donald Trump Orders Declassification of Russia Investigation Records

Trump Explodes – Orders Declassification and Release of Russia Probe Docs and Texts From Mueller Probe

Trump Explodes – Orders Declassification and Release of Russia Probe Docs and Texts From Mueller Probe

Trump's demands mark his latest effort to turn up the heat on the Justice Department, whom he and his Republican allies have accused of running a tainted probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Trump also ordered the agencies to publicly release, in full, all text messages relating to the Russia investigation of former FBI Director James Comey, Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and current Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, a Russian organized crime expert.

Sanders added that Trump has also instructed the Justice Department "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".

McCabe was sacked from the FBI last spring, just days before he was set to retire, after the FBI Inspector General discovered McCabe "lacked candor" when questioned about allowing his agents to speak to members of the media.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is reportedly pleased with the order, which covers "pretty much everything" he wanted, and said he considered the text messages a "bonus".

Brennan said he thinks the action is causing concern among law enforcement and intelligence officials, as Trump is "trying to continue to find ways to get himself out of the mess that he is now in".

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The Justice Department, though, offered a somewhat muted initial reaction, saying in a statement that such a command from the president "triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community", and officials were "already working with the Director of National Intelligence to comply with the President's order".

Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday.

He later told Fox News' Sean Hannity that despite the declassification, his biggest concern is "all the damage that this did to our the US government.the mockery it made out of the Constitution, all of the wrongdoing that was done by various officials at Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DNC". Schiff called the release an "abuse of power", arguing that it compromises the FBI's sources and methods.

Several of Trump's allies on Capitol Hill, including Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who requested that the documents be provided, applauded the president's move. "Some people aren't likely to risk their lives or their families' under those conditions".

The applications on Page, who was exposed to law enforcement scrutiny over his ties with Russian Federation, were approved four different times - by political officials from administrations representing both Democrats and Republicans.

"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies", Warner said. Current and former law enforcement officials have vehemently denied those accusations, saying they met the probable cause standard to investigate Page and others for possibly acting on Russia's behalf.

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