President Donald Trump has finally ordered the declassification and release of the FBI’s phony FISA warrants used to spur the fake “Russia investigation” now ongoing under special counsel Robert Mueller.
The documents include a 21-page application for renewed surveillance against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as text messages from the two disgraced FBI thugs who have been fired by the agency, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
The documents will be released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department. And the White House said that the release of the documents was “at the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency.”
Per Fox News:
The documents to be declassified also include 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.
Congressman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, praised the move.
“As Congress has investigated, we’ve continued to see more and more troubling evidence suggesting multiple senior level FBI and DOJ officials acted in a deeply unethical fashion during the 2016 campaign and throughout the early stages of the Trump administration,” Meadows said. “Enough is enough–the time for full transparency is now. Let’s bring the full truth to light, while protecting sources and methods, and allow the American people to judge for themselves.”
The full statement by the White House is as follows:
At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.
In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.
This will likely further de-legitimize the faux “Russia” investigation.
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