|James Comey and President Trump
abc3340 – With the contents of the Mueller report now public, President Trump and key White House aides are said to be taking a fresh look at declassifying documents that GOP allies believe will expose unlawful actions at the Department of Justice and the
FBI purportedly taken against the Trump campaign in 2016.
Former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray, who served under George H.W. Bush, is urging President Trump to move ahead with declassifying highly sensitive documents connected to the FBI’s Russia investigation. Gray argued during an interview on Hill.TV that Trump should direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to release the text messages and documents, including those relating to former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Back in September 2018, President Trump issued an immediate declassification order of Carter Page FISA docs and all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr. A few days later, President Trump walked back his promise to declassify the docs owing to the fact that declassifying the documents could have a negative impact on the Russia probe.
I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. Therefore, the Inspector General…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
Attorney General William Barr has already begun investigating the investigators at both the DOJ and FBI. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, probing the same matters, is said to be drafting his final report, due within six weeks or so. Any declassification by the president is expected to occur around that time and to focus on the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in October 2016.