Trump hasn't read documents he ordered declassified

BREAKING President Trump Orders Declassification of Some FISA Court Documents All Texts From Russia Investigation

Trump hasn't read documents he ordered declassified

After Manafort was convicted in the August case, Trump said he had "such respect for a courageous man: because "he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal'".

Despite the president's decision to declassify the documents, it is not clear when they will be made public. 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.

The letter said, "Any decision by your offices to share this material with the President or his lawyers will violate longstanding Department of Justice policies".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday, "the President is potentially risking the lives of our patriots by compromising sources and methods, all so he can advance falsehoods and false narratives that distract from the truth of the Trump-Russia scandal".

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant used by the FBI to monitor short-term campaign volunteer Carter Page's communications has been at the center of the controversy since evidence surfaced during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation on Russian Federation revealed that the unverified dossier compiled by former British spy, Christopher Steele, was the main body of evidence used by the bureau to obtain the warrant.

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

In comments later at the White House, the president said he wants "total transparency", returning to his usual refrain that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt". "Big stuff!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

"The President has the full authority to declassify anything", Burr said.

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The move marks the latest escalation in Trump's broadsides against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ after Comey confirmed a year ago that the FBI was investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 race in his favor.

"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies", said Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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. Manafort attended a meeting set up by Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., with a lawyer said to be a Russian government attorney willing to provide incriminating information about Clinton.

The FISA court is unique, said King, as it gives "unprecedented power" to the Justice Department. But "to the extent there is discretion at the margins, if the government fears disclosure, particularly disclosure for political reasons, it will strain the system, and that's not good".

"When the President issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House Counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America's national security interests", the statement said.

Burr previously broke with his House Intelligence Committee counterparts after they released a memo with details on the Page FISA.

Trump also ordered the public release of texts messages sent by former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as well as Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

William Banks, a Syracuse University national security expert, said that by making the information public, Trump is essentially overruling the decisions of career officials intent on keeping it from foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups and other adversaries.

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