President Trump has directed the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence to immediately declassify documents related to the Obama administration's handling of claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump is ordering the declassification of various documents and text messages that both the House Intelligence and House Oversight committees have requested. Page has since left the bureau and Strzok was sacked earlier this year by the FBI for his actions during the investigation; including moments where they discussed communications with the media and published stories, they considered using as a "pretext" to conduct more interviews of Trump campaign personnel.
Carter Page is an American oil industry consultant who served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign. "Let's bring the full truth to light, while protecting sources and methods, and allow the American people to judge for themselves".
"It's a hoax", Trump said, "beyond a witch hunt".
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was sacked from the bureau after becoming a frequent target of criticism from the president, is joining the growing list of ex-government officials to publish Trump-related books.
"The president's declassification order - especially because it is transparently motivated by partisan political considerations - will likely make it harder for prosecutors to maintain that winning record because some judges will be more skeptical of the government's arguments that disclosure would do serious harm to U.S national security", Laufman said.
Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor from the Southern District of NY, called Trump's decision to declassify parts of the Page FISA application an "incredibly risky move that sets a really troubling precedent".
Much is already known about the Carter Page warrant and the Strzok/Page relationship through previous texts, documents and memos, but the release should provide much more detail.
Finally, Trump directed the Justice Department to release, without redactions, text messages relating to the Russian Federation probe from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other officials, including FBI agent Peter Strzok.
The FBI had previously released a heavily redacted version of the Page FISA application back in July.
Trump made a similar move in February when the White House, over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cleared the way for the Republican-led House intelligence committee to release a partisan memo summarizing details from the Page warrant. Democrats weeks later released their own memo.
Andrew McCabe's book is set to be released in December.
The FISA process is arguably one of the most sensitive and secretive methods that the United States government uses when it comes to gathering foreign intelligence.