Trump Delays Release of Russia Probe Documents

Blanche Robertson
September 24, 2018

The US official who oversees the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US election suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump a year ago and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove him from the White House, the New York Times reported on Friday.

President Donald Trump on Friday delayed the planned release of documents from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, saying the Justice Department's inspector general has been asked to review the records amid concerns from law enforcement and USA allies about their disclosure.

President Donald Trump on Friday backed down from his order to declassify certain documents from the Russian Federation investigation, including text messages exchanged among law enforcement leaders.

Trump, in a chummy interview this week with John Solomon and Buck Sexton of The Hill, said he wanted to release the documents because he was asked by "so many people that I respect" before listing a number of Fox News and Fox Business Network hosts: "the great Lou Dobbs, the great Sean Hannity, the wonderful, great Jeanine Pirro".

Trump tweeted Friday that the inspector general has been asked to review these documents "on an expedited basis".

On Twitter, Trump wrote that he believed Justice Inspector Michael Horowitz "will move quickly on this (and hopefully other things which he is looking at)".

Trump had called for the documents' declassification on Monday in his latest effort to cast doubt on the probe, which has loomed over his presidency. "Speed is very important to me - and everyone!"

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Trump has broad authority to declassify government documents at a time of his choosing. The Justice Department said it had begun complying with the order, though officials had previously strenuously objected to the release of classified information they said could jeopardize the investigation and compromise secret sources.

As he got a close-up view of Trump's interviews with prospective replacements for Comey and was attacked for his role in the firing, the Times said, "Rosenstein appeared conflicted, regretful and emotional, according to people who spoke with him at the time".

According to a former USA official and a former British official, the British government expressed grave concerns to the US government about the release of classified information.

In recent days, USA officials said it may be a while before any documents are released - if ever - because of a potential objections within the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

"Thankfully it seems that saner minds have prevailed, at least for the time being", said Sen.

Trump's declassification order also applied to Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews with Bruce Ohr, a former DOJ official who met with British spy Christopher Steele, author of the notorious and unverified "Trump dossier" funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign through the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Democrats later countered with their own memo.

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