PRESIDENT Donald Trump has ordered the declassification of several key documents related to the FBI’s probe of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election.
Documents to be declassified, include 21 pages of an application for a renewed surveillance warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Trump had ordered the documents released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – ODNI, and the Justice Department “[a]t the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Also to be declassified are all FBI reports on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all other applications to surveil Carter Page.
Trump also ordered the Justice Department to release text messages from a number of the key players in the Russia investigation “without redaction” — including Ohr, Strzok, Lisa Page, former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
House Republicans have repeatedly sought more information about Ohr’s contacts with former British spy Christopher Steele, a longtime FBI informant who compiled the now-infamous dossier alleging various ties between Trump and Russia that was published in January 2017.
It was not immediately clear when or how the documents would be released.