Documents that could reveal information about how the FBI handled the Russia investigation could soon be declassified by President Donald Trump.
While some Justice Department officials have urged the president not to release the classified documents, others are calling on him to declassify 20 pages of redacted documents from the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant which were used by the FBI to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to SaraACarter.com.
Trump “could always change his mind and it’s not a guarantee that it will happen, but the indications are that it more than likely will possibly be before the end of this week,” an unnamed US official told Carter.
More than 20 pages of the FISA document, which have until now only been viewed by a small group of Congressional lawmakers, remain classified though the DOJ released over 400 documents related to the Page warrant back in July.
Senior members of Congress are now calling on the president to declassify the documents after nearly a year of stonewalling by the Department of Justice.
TOMORROW, I, along w/@Jim_Jordan @RepMarkMeadows @RepMattGaetz & others, will be holding a press conf calling on @realDonaldTrump to declassify & release the Page FISA apps, Ohr’s 302s & more. Powers were abused, the FISA court was misled & we have ZERO tolerance for any of it!
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) September 5, 2018
According to President Trump, the White House is “looking at it very seriously right now because the things that have gone on are so bad, so bad,” he told The Daily Caller on Tuesday.
“I mean they were surveilling my campaign. If that happened on the other foot, they would’ve considered that treasonous. They would’ve considered that spying at the highest level,” Trump said. “Can you imagine if we were doing that to Obama instead of Obama and his people doing that to us? Everybody would’ve been in jail for the next 500 years. OK? Can you believe it, where they paid this guy millions of dollars, it turned out? If you look at all of the things that are happening.”
The remaining documents need to be declassified, according to Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, because, as he told Fox News Sean Hannity last month, “there is exculpatory evidence that we have seen of classified documents that need to be declassified. The judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2018
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley asked in July for the declassification of documents related to Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official whose wife worked in 2016 for Fusion GPS, the research firm hired to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
DOJ deliberately misled FISA court & the FISA court could have done more to vet the app. When presenting secret docs to a secret court for a warrant to spy on an American, DOJ should not only present best evidence in support of its app, but also best evidence against its case. https://t.co/k35JKsF6Ha
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) September 2, 2018
3 things that should happen in September:
1) POTUS should declassify the remaining documents DOJ continues to hide
2) The Mueller investigation needs to wrap up
3) Congress should keep our promise to America and address border security
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 4, 2018
“All these documents will expose how the FBI handled this investigation and give clarity to the public,” an anonymous congressional official told SaraACarter.com.“The American people deserve to know the truth and our country needs to move on.”
This morning, President Trump alluded to the documents, saying the ‘deep state’ and the media are in panic mode.
The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018
Cosumer confidence highest in 18 years, Atlanta Fed forecasts 4.7 GDP, manufacturing jobs highest in many years. “It’s the story of the Trump Administration, the Economic Success, that’s unnerving his detractors.” @MariaBartiromo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018
GOP members of Congress including Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York, North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, Ohio’s Jim Jordan, Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Matt Gaetz announced a 12 page resolution back in May detailing misconduct at highest level of the DOJ and FBI. The lawmakers called for the appointment of a second Special Counsel as they stressed the importance of the documents they were seeking.
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