President Trump just ordered several FISA documents, interview transcripts, and text messages to be declassified. These subjects of this order – Carter Page, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr – are all part of the initial FBI investigations into Russian election interference.
Here’s the text of the order:
At the request of a number of committees in 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 prove 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 Russian 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.
The specificity of the release means the White House knows how they will benefit from the information reaching the public. It will almost certainly demonstrate bias on the part of many in the FBI as well as hypocrisy in the way the investigations of Trump’s campaign were handled differently from how Hillary Clinton’s contact with Russian operatives was handled.
What will the FISA applications reveal? We already have an idea of what Ohr’s interviews will say and the text messages from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page will almost certainly be juicy.
This is a breaking story. It will be updated as more information is released.
Breaking: @realDonaldTrump has just ordered the declassification of a range of documents, including FISA application related to #CarterPage, #FBI interviews with #BruceOhr, plus texts related to #Russia probe "without redaction" of #Comey, #McCabe, #Strzok, Page & Ohr
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) September 17, 2018
CNN spinning unredacted text messages as "threat" to national security. Have you ever seen reporters try so hard to not cover a story, and not want to see more documents?
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) September 17, 2018