Trump Delays Declassification on Russia Docs Citing Concerns From DOJ, ‘Key Allies’: They Asked ‘Not to Release’


President Donald Trump announced Friday that he’s delaying the declassification of FISA documents and text messages related to the FBI’s Russia probe.

In a pair of Friday morning tweets, the president cited concerns from the Department of Justice, and requests from “key allies” as his reason for holding off.

“I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents,” Trump wrote. “They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ (sic) called to ask not to release.”

Trump went on to say that the Inspector General will be reviewing the documents, and he did not shut down the possibility that they will be released in the future.

“[T]he Inspector General has been asked to review these documents on an expedited basis,” Trump wrote. “I believe he will move quickly on this (and hopefully other things which he is looking at). In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary. Speed is very important to me – and everyone!”

Among the documents that were set to be released; an application for a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

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