Donald Trump says Lisa Page, Peter Strzok texts prove 'conspiracy' against him

18 September, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Carlos George
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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.

On Monday President Trump ordered intelligence agencies to declassify a mountain of Russian Federation documents and texts, including documents regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on Carter Page and texts from key players in the Russian Federation investigation.

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".

The order, which Trump announced Monday, includes a demand for 20 pages of the Page surveillance application.

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.

Mr Ohr's wife Nellie worked for the opposition research firm that commissioned the creation of the Steele dossier, which contains damaging and unverified claims about Trump.

Trump specified that the text messages must be released "without redaction".

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Carter Page is an American oil industry consultant who served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign.

"These documents will reveal to the American people some of the systemic corruption and bias that took place at the highest levels of the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation, including using the tools of our intelligence community for partisan political ends", said Gaetz.

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".

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.

"The case should never have been allowed to be brought", Trump added.

But Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Trump's decision a "clear abuse of power" meant to advance a "false narrative" to help in his defense from Mueller's probe. It is also possible that the material will be released piecemeal. Democrats weeks later released their own memo.

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