Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Orders Declassification of Parts of FISA Application Related to Carter Page

Trump Orders Declassification of Parts of FISA Application Related to Carter Page

In addition to his order to declassify materials involving Page and Ohr, Trump has directed the Department of Justice 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", Sanders said.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice commented on Trump's order, saying: "When the President issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House Counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America's national security interests".

According to the White House, Trump declassified 21 pages of the 101-page June 2017 application to renew a warrant obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to monitor Page's communications in 2016.

But leading Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees panned Trump's decision to declassify "selective" pieces of information that, without broader context, could undermine public faith in the ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and whether the president has obstructed that investigation.

While it's unclear what exactly will be revealed in the documents, Republicans who have been urging the president to declassify the material posit that it will be evident that the unverified dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele played an outsize role in the approval of surveillance warrants of Trump campaign associates.

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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. "As Congress has investigated, we've continued to see more and more troubling evidence suggesting multiple senior level Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ officials acted in a deeply unethical fashion during the 2016 campaign and throughout the early stages of the Trump administration", Meadows said in a statement. "It is increasingly clear it was the Obama Administration who politicized the DOJ/FBI, not the Trump Administration", he tweeted Monday. But when it does it would be the latest move by Trump and his administration to release previously secret documents at the heart of claims by the president's allies on Capitol Hill.

He also asked for the release of unredacted versions of all text messages about the probe sent and received by multiple officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, the White House said in a statement.

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.

FILE - Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Feb. 1, 2018. It was an application to the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which grants secret national security surveillance warrants.

Trump noted that his order was based on requests from lawmakers on the House Intelligence and Oversight committees, and wouldn't answer directly if he plans to declassify even more items in the future. "Finally, there's exculpatory information that the president has ordered declassified", he explained.

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