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Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe

Trump Orders Declassification of Carter Page FBI Documents

The President also ordered "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".

Carter Page, whose surveillance is at the heart of the June 2017 FISA application, praised the Trump administration's move, saying that the "American people deserve the truth about the criminal actions that were taken to undermine President Trump and our democratic processes".

Ohr is accused of having improper communications with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who provided the FBI the unverified Trump dossier before he was terminated as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the press.

Those pages only make up a small part of the 412 pages of FISA applications and court orders related to Page released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year in heavily redacted format.

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters, November 2, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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He also highlighted a message from Strzok to Page, proposing to "lock in" an investigation right after Comey was sacked from the FBI.

Mr. Trump made the extraordinary move on Monday in response to calls from his allies in Congress who say they believe the Russian Federation investigation was tainted by anti-Trump bias within the ranks of the FBI and the Justice Department.

There also doesn't seem to be much of a process behind this other than "President Mad Online issued the order, so we're carrying it out".

Questions also continue to swirl around the FBI's alleged abuse of the FISA court to obtain multiple warrants on Page. But the documents declassified in July show that the dossier played only a small part in its warrant application.

Metcalfe said while he's "amazed to see" what Trump's declassification order says, "there is no exception" to the Privacy Act-not even for the president.

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For months Trump's allies in Congress have worked to supply documentation to back up the president's insistence that the Russian Federation probe is a "witch hunt", while the Justice Department has fought to withhold information that might damage the ongoing probe.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi also came down hard on Trump, calling his decision to selectively release sensitive information "desperate, dangerous, and deliberately misleading". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Carrie Cordero, a former Justice Department national security lawyer who handled such applications, said she was "deeply concerned about the motivations and timing for this upcoming release".

A US 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.

The White House made the announcement amid a firestorm involving Trump's Supreme Court nomination, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing an allegation of sexual assault that took place when he was in high school.

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