Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

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The order also applies to "all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russian Federation investigation" and "all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr".

This is a developing story.

The panel on Outnumbered on Tuesday reacted to President Trump's ordering of the declassification of documents related to the FBI's probe of Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler suggested the president's actions were a "direct and frantic response" to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreeing to comply with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as part of a plea deal. Though Fusion started its work for a Republican donor, by the time Steele was hired, it was working for a law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

He later told Fox News' Sean Hannity that despite the declassification, his biggest concern is "all the damage that this did to our the USA government.the mockery it made out of the Constitution, all of the wrongdoing that was done by various officials at Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DNC".

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.

Manafort pleaded guilty last week to criminal charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

However, details to date have largely confirmed that investigatory agencies conformed to previous standards before the FISA court, including identifying any bias in sources of information on which a surveillance application relies.

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He also asked for the release of unredacted versions of all text messages about the probe sent and received by multiple officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, the White House said in a statement.

"President Trump is absolutely right to declassify these documents", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a statement provided to LifeZette late Monday afternoon.

But Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, quickly denounced Trump's move, calling it a "clear abuse of power" to "advance a false narrative".

The White House said Trump's decision was made in the name of "transparency". "This is evidently of no effect to a President who cares about nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest". His communications were monitored for almost a year starting in October 2016.

Trump, in an interview with The Hill, said the release of the documents could become the "crowning achievement" of his presidency if they prove that the investigation began as a "hoax".

"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".

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