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Trump orders Russia-related FBI documents to be declassified

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Democrats say Trump and allies politicize the law enforcement investigation in order to protect the White House
10:14, 18 September 2018

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The U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Justice Minister to declassify additional information connected with the investigation of Russia’s interference in the elections, as Reuters reports.

“Among the documents Trump ordered the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence to make public are 20 additional pages of FBI surveillance warrant applications related to his former campaign adviser Carter Page,” the news agency reads.

Related: Trump: Russian interference in U.S. elections impacted his rating

Moreover, the U.S. President ordered to release “text messages relating to the Russia probe from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other officials, including FBI agent Peter Strzok”.

The Democrats say Trump and allies politicize the law enforcement investigation in order to protect the White House.

Related: Trump threatens sanctions for interference in U.S. elections

“President Trump, in a clear abuse of power, has decided to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team and thinks will advance a false narrative,” Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said.

Earlier, Trump stated that he was ready to the questioning on the case of Russia’s interference in the elections, yet, “under certain circumstances”. The U.S. Special Attorney Robert Mueller started investigating the case of Russia’s interference into the U.S. elections in May 2017. He has indicted 19 people already. Both Trump and the Kremlin deny the suspicions in connections and cooperation during the campaign.

Related: Trump endorses sanctions for intervention on elections

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