Kirsters Baish| This Monday, President Donald Trump officially ordered numerous important documents relating to the FBI probe of possible Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election to be declassified. These documents include 21 pages of a FISA renewal application allowing the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. It also includes numerous text messages sent between former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his mistress/colleague-at-the-time, terminated-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Fox News reports that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that President Trump ordered the documents be declassified and that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the DOJ release the documents “[a]t the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency.”
Fox reports that the documents mentioned also include any and all FBI reports relating to interviews with crooked DOJ official Bruce Ohr, as well as all FBI reports regarding 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.
The 21 pages only make up a small part of the 412 pages of FISA applications and warrants related to Page released by the FBI earlier this year in heavily redacted format. The June 2017 application was the last of four filed by the Justice Department in support of FISA court orders allowing the monitoring of Page for nearly a year.
According to the redacted version, three of the declassified pages involve information included in a section titled “The Russian Government’s Coordinated Efforts to Influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” That section includes reference to potential coordination between people associated with Trump’s campaign and the Russian election interference effort.
The other 18 pages appear to relate to information the government submitted that came from former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier detailing the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. The document has been a partisan lightning rod since it was published in January 2017.