GOP Lawmakers Laud Trump's Order to Declassify FISA Docs

Trump orders public release of Russia documents

Trump Orders Declassification Of Key Russia Docs, Text Messages

The documents the president ordered declassified include a portion of a secret surveillance application for a former Trump campaign adviser, materials by default treated as highly secret and withheld from public view.

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.

This is a developing story. Page has since left the bureau and Strzok was sacked earlier this year by the FBI for his actions during the investigation; including moments where they discussed communications with the media and published stories, they considered using as a "pretext" to conduct more interviews of Trump campaign personnel. Congressional investigators have asked for 21 pages of the 412 pages of FISA applications and warrants on Page.

Trump has consistently said some in the FBI and Justice Department are biased and tainting the independent investigation into whether his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election in his favor. Ohr's wife, Nellie, was employed by Fusion GPS at the time.

"As long as he tells the truth, it's 100 percent", Trump said, before departing the White House to visit storm-ravaged North and SC.

"It took a long period of time for the NY field office to see it and realize what it was", another source told ABC News.

It's not yet clear when and how the declassified documents and texts will be released. The probe also led to charges against Manafort that were unrelated to the 2016 campaign.

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Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor from the Southern District of NY, called Trump's decision to declassify parts of the Page FISA application an "incredibly unsafe move that sets a really troubling precedent".

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, said in a statement that Trump's actions were a "direct and frantic response" to Manafort's recent guilty plea and cooperation agreement with Mueller.

"As requested by the White House, the ODNI is working expeditiously with our interagency partners to conduct a declassification review of the documents the President has identified for declassification", ODNI spokesperson Kellie Wade said.

"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.

Trumpy ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, meanwhile commended the president, saying he completely supported House Republican efforts to declassify the FISA warrants.

"President Trump, in a clear abuse of power, has chose to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team", Schiff, a California Democrat, said in a statement. He said Mr. Trump cares "nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest".

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