President Trump Will Declassify The 20 Redacted FISA Docs Before The End Of This Week
Trump is expected to declassify the redacted 20 pages of documents that have not yet been made public from the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, which allowed the FBI to spy on campaign volunteer Carter Page.
This new information comes after a year of major stonewalling by the Department of Justice at the demand of lawmakers, who have made the claim that the 20 redacted pages will reveal damning information about the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to sources that spoke to Sara Carter.
The President, however, has been pressured by DOJ officials not to release the documents, But he “could always change his mind and it’s not a guarantee that it will happen, but the indications are that it more than likely will possibly be before the end of this week,” said a U.S. official, who spoke to Carter on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject.
The Justice Department released over 400 previously top-secret documents connected to the Page warrant in July. But that provided to be useless as
more than 20 pages of the FISA document remained highly classified and have only been viewed by a select group of Congressional members and investigators.
However, now the lawmakers are asking that those documents be made public.
President Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller on Tuesday that the White House is
“looking at it very seriously right now because the things that have gone on are so bad, so bad. I mean they were surveilling my campaign. If that happened on the other foot, they would’ve considered that treasonous.”
“They would’ve considered that spying at the highest level. Can you imagine if we were doing that to Obama instead of Obama and his people doing that to us? Everybody would’ve been in jail for the next 500 years. OK? Can you believe it, where they paid this guy millions of dollars, it turned out? If you look at all of the things that are happening.”
Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Sean Hannity earlier this month that it is important that the remaining classified documents regarding Carter Page are declassified because “there is exculpatory evidence that we have seen of classified documents that need to be declassified. The judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R- IA) has also requested that the declassification of the documents of embattled Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nellie Ohr worked in 2016 as a contractor for the research firm Fusion GPS, which was paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
“All these documents will expose how the FBI handled this investigation and give clarity to the public,” said one congressional official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The American people deserve to know the truth and our country needs to move on.”
The heavily redacted FISA documents, by the FBI and DOJ, will reveal detailed information that shows the bureau held back exculpatory information from the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and the role former British spy Christopher Steele had in getting his unverified anti-Trump dossier to the bureau.
As we know Christopher Steele was hired by Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson to compile the dossier. Simpson is a former Wall Street Journal reporter.