White House cites ‘reasons of transparency’ following Page-Strzok texts bombshell
Following a series of recent bombshell revelations regarding the so-called investigation into alleged Russian election interference, President Trump has ordered the declassification of records from the probe, according to The White House.
In a statement confirming the action, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited “reasons of transparency” for the decision by the president to declassify the documents.
Sanders also confirmed that requests from Congressional investigative committees had played a role in the move.
Donald Trump has ordered the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Director of National Intelligence to declassify sections of the FISA court application to spy on his former campaign official Carter Page during the 2016 election.
Trump has also called for the release of text messages relating to the investigation that were sent or received by ex-FBI director James Comey, who was fired by the president last year.
According to Breitbart, Trump also ordered that FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr be released surrounding the ongoing Russia investigation as well as all text messages relating to the Russia investigation from former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
The volume of unclassified information is likely to throw the Russian investigation into chaos as the motivations for the investigation into Trump campaign collusion will likely be revealed.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders distributed a statement to reporters as the president was speaking at Hispanic Heritage Month event.
“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.”
The documents Trump requested were not immediately available.
Immediately after Comey’s firing Peter Strzok texted to his lover, Lisa Page “We need to Open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy (McCabe, also fired) is acting. Page answered, “We need to lock in (redacted). In a formal chargeable way. Soon.” Wow, a conspiracy caught?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2018
Trump commented on the investigation on Twitter on Monday, citing a Fox News report about Page’s testimony that there was no evidence of collusion before the Mueller appointment.
“The case should never have been allowed to be brought,” Trump added.
“It is a totally illegal Witch Hunt!”
He also highlighted a message from disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok to ex-FBI lawyer Page, proposing to “lock in” an investigation right after Comey was fired from the FBI.
A series of text messages between former lovers Page and Strzok exposed a plot by the pair to “stop Trump” during the time Strzok was leading the investigation into allegations that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russa.