WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the immediate declassification of selected documents related to the ongoing probe into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election, including a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for former campaign adviser Carter Page and text messages from a number of former FBI officials.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the move comes at the request of “a number of committees of Congress,” a nod to a public campaign from some members, including House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes, to release the documents.
According to Sanders, the documents will include 20 pages from the FISA application for Page — all FBI reports of interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr tied to the investigation.
Ohr is an associate of former British secret agent Christopher Steele, who was contracted to compile an dossier detailing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The White House has contested the dossiers’ findings and have maintained that no wrongdoing took place during the campaign.
The text messages set to be released come from Ohr, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe along with former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.