U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI director James Comey's text messages.
"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 June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page", the White House said in a statement.
Specifically, the president ordered the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify sections of the secret court order to surveil former campaign adviser Carter Page, along with Federal Bureau of Investigation reports and interviews of him.
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The American firebrand also told the DOJ to release reports about its interview with official Bruce Ohr.
Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House intelligence committee on November 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
It was not immediately clear when or how the documents would be released.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, said in a statement that Trump's actions were a "direct and frantic response" to Manafort's recent guilty plea and co-operation agreement with Mueller. "This is evidently of no outcome to a President who cares about nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest".
The president also ordered the declassification of documents related to the Carter Page FISA warrant application process.