Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

Trump orders public release of Russian Federation documents

Trump's demands mark his latest effort to turn up the heat on the Justice Department, whom he and his Republican allies have accused of running a tainted probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He has said he believes he was politically targeted because he corroborated former FBI Director James Comey's claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russian Federation probe.

Trump also ordered the Justice Department and FBI to publicly release in full all text messages related to the Russia investigation from former FBI director James Comey, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, former lead Russia investigators and disgraced lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Ohr, who was demoted from his top post at the Justice Department in December amid questions about his involvement in the Russia probe.

In a letter Tuesday to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, four top Democrats called Trump's action "a brazen abuse of power".

A USA official with direct knowledge told NBC News that the agencies would not be able to conduct a damage assessment on the text messages, because there are too many of them.

Crucially, several parts of this section appear to contain information about confidential sources that Steele used while compiling his dossier, as well as Steele's own history as an Federal Bureau of Investigation source. And New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen accused the president Tuesday of "trying to undermine an active investigation through reckless declassification". The application process that goes into obtaining a FISA warrant targeting a USA person involves multiple levels of authorization, as well as permission from a FISA court judge.

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Black and Hispanic volunteers between 65 and 70 were included as well, since these groups have a higher risk of heart disease and dementia.

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.

"To say you're going to throw open the information in a FISA warrant for plainly political purposes is incredibly reckless", he added. "Big stuff!" At the White House he said he wants "total transparency", insisting again that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt".

The documents Trump is releasing reflect a specific request, down to the page numbers, made by the Republican members of the House judiciary and intelligence committeesthis summer.

"Transparency is a good thing, and the American people need to know what's in there".

A number of GOP lawmakers requested Trump declassify certain materials.

"With the walls clearly closing in on him, President Trump is lashing out with this extraordinarily reckless and irresponsible release of classified information in a desperate attempt to distract from the seven guilty pleas and the mounting evidence of multiple criminal enterprises among his closest advisors", they said. The department responded with a statement saying it will review the information to ensure it doesn't release anything that would put "national security interests" at risk. Meanwhile, a source familiar with the process told CNN the declassification won't happen Monday. The president also made the decision as he dealt with a separate firestorm surrounding his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and a sexual assault allegation.

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