Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

"In addition, President Donald J 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".

On Monday, President Donald Trump's administration released a statement demanding the Department of Justice release all documents pertaining to the Russia Investigation. There's no clear timeline on the release of the documents.

"Really bad things were happening, but they are now being exposed".

US President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to immediately declassify more information related to the investigation into possible election meddling by Russian Federation, the White House said on Monday (Sep 17). It was unclear how soon the documents would be released. That review is ongoing. Monday's declassification order covers 21 pages of a 101-page June 2017 application to renew the warrant - the last of four filed by the Justice Department. Page's communications were monitored for almost a year starting in October 2016.

The FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Page, who worked on Trump's campaign, in part by submitting a now questioned dossier compiled by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS.

The materials include pages of the application submitted to monitor former campaign adviser Carter Page and unredacted text messages from multiple former intelligence officials, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Democrats criticized the effort, saying the GOP lawmakers were trying to discredit the Justice Department in an effort to protect Trump from Mueller's investigation. Democrats weeks later released their own memo.

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Warrants to monitor the communications of a suspected agent of a foreign power are a common tool in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, but they're applied for before a secret court.

Trump's supporters in Congress quickly praised the actions.

"Transparency wins. This is absolutely the right call from @POTUS", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R) of North Carolina, on Twitter.

"Between the compromise of sources and methods, the impact on the willingness of people to cooperate, and the potential of selective release of classified material for partisan purposes, I think intelligence officials will find it very troubling".

In morning tweets apparently quoting from a television appearance by Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, Trump wrote, "What will be disclosed is that there was no basis for these FISA Warrants, that the important information was kept from the court, there's going to be a disproportionate influence of the (Fake) Dossier".

Though there are other instances of government officials or contractors spilling government secrets, Chesney said, "What's remarkable about this is it's the White House that's doing it".

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