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Republicans ask Trump to declassify Russia probe documents

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK

A small group of House Republicans is urging President Donald Trump to declassify documents related to the beginning of the Justice Department's Russia investigation.

Trump has already signaled that he may do so, tweeting on Thursday that there may be "Declassification to find Additional Corruption." He did not elaborate, but has repeatedly criticized the Russia investigation and called it a "witch hunt."

The Republican lawmakers, several of them staunch Trump allies, are asking the president to take the unusual step of fully declassifying a secret wiretap application from 2016 for one-time Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The FBI was investigating Page's ties to Russia, but Trump and his allies have insisted that the wiretap was a way to spy on his campaign. The lawmakers are also asking Trump to declassify documents related to Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who they say had inappropriate contacts with a former British spy who compiled a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia.

At a news conference Thursday, the Republicans pleaded directly with Trump to release the documents.

"The continued attempts to hide from the public a full accounting of these abuses is intolerable," said New York Rep. Lee Zeldin.

The Republicans have spent much of the last year questioning the credibility of the Russia investigation that has hung over Trump's White House, with a particular focus on the start of the investigation in 2016. Special counsel Robert Mueller took over the probe in May 2017.

They say the dossier, which was paid for by Democrats, was used inappropriately to obtain the warrant on Page and also start the Russia probe. Democrats disagree, saying the warrant was justified.

Democrats have criticized the effort, saying the GOP lawmakers are trying to discredit the Justice Department in an effort to protect Trump from Mueller's investigation.

Trump has already declassified some documents related to Page at the urging of House Republicans. In February, he declassified a House intelligence committee memo that revealed some details from the surveillance warrant.

The Republicans have also pushed the Justice Department to release thousands of documents related to the Russia investigation and its 2016 investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. Just before the House left on its August recess, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the department had not done enough to meet congressional requests for documents.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said then that he did not support the effort, meaning the articles of impeachment would not be brought up for a vote. But Meadows said he had a commitment to vote on holding Rosenstein in contempt of Congress when the House returned in September if certain documents were still outstanding.

Meadows said Thursday that Republicans were able to get "a number of documents" in the last week, but added he wasn't yet sure if they have all they want.

"It's too early to tell," Meadows said.

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I suspect President Trump will wait until mid-October to declassify the documents related to the spying on his campaign by the Obama administration.

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Trump should immediately declassify the documents. They will be heavily redacted, but show no corruption. The almost literate conservatives will claim the redactions hide the corruption.

The show must go on!

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A small group of House Republicans is urging President Donald Trump to declassify documents related to the beginning of the Justice Department's Russia investigation.

What are the odds Trump's already traded these documents off to Putin hoping he can keep Putin and his oligarchs from mentioning anything about 'loans' and 'tapes'.

@cla68 wait until mid-October to declassify the documents

Excellent point. Release them right before the election. With Trump it's all about protecting Trump and his GOP enablers.

Forget about compromising classified info. So what if every spook organization in the world can more easily get info into US intelligence.

It's Trump uber alles. Nation? Foregtaboutit. But what can you expect when a reality TV star who's head of a 'syndicate' and is in the owe to international 'financiers' who he's helped launder money is running things.

Has Trump released his most current tax info?

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They have failed to find any corruption. It’s just a waste of time in the name of politics by nutjobs.

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What are the odds Trump's already traded these documents off to Putin hoping he can keep Putin and his oligarchs from mentioning anything about 'loans' and 'tapes'. 

When the left make a joke at least make it funny.

Excellent point. Release them right before the election. With Trump it's all about protecting Trump and his GOP enablers. 

Kinda like how the Dems want 42,000 documents released on Kavanaugh right before the election...

Forget about compromising classified info. So what if every spook organization in the world can more easily get info into US intelligence. 

Ask Hillary, she’s an expert on that matter.

It's Trump uber alles. Nation? Foregtaboutit. But what can you expect when a reality TV star who's head of a 'syndicate' and is in the owe to international 'financiers' who he's helped launder money is running things. 

Uh-huh....it’s Friday, not Monday, relax....

Has Trump released his most current tax info?

Here we go....lol

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Dems wanted all documents on Kavanough released a long time ago. Republican obstructionism is why this is an issue just before the election. The democrats are not responsible.

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Wait until Mueller plays his hand then crush him with the documents showing the corrupt origins of the FBI’s investigation - evidence paid for by Hillary’s campaign. The Dems new majority in the House will impeach him anyway. The Senate trial will finally allow for an even handed presentation of the facts and Trump will be exonerated by a majority of the Senators. Looking forward to the Dems failure to complete their coup. Loving it. Then Trump will hopefully get his third Supreme Court justice nominee. Then it will mostly not matter who the president is - the Lefts activism will be killed in the Courts.

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Dems wanted all documents on Kavanough released a long time ago. Republican obstructionism is why this is an issue just before the election. The democrats are not responsible.

Dems announced that they would vote against Kavanaugh minutes after he was nominated regardless of the documents. The Dems were irresponsible by not keeping their powder dry before the hearings even started. Looking forward to affirmative action being taken apart piece by piece starting with Harvard’s racism towards high achieving and and working Asians.

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Whether Dems announced they would vote against Kavanaugh minutes after he was nominated does not change the fact that they wanted the documents earlier than now, which was the assertion I was rebutting.

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Yes Trump himself is inconsequential by now. The liberals running to a court to get relief on all their political and social justice issues, those days are over.

Someone will actually look at what the law says. Not what they think they law should say, what they hope it said or how they personally feel about the law in question.

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Yes Trump himself is inconsequential by now. The liberals running to a court to get relief on all their political and social justice issues, those days are over.

Heh, Republicans control both houses, and have the presidency, and you're claiming the left has the power to do anything.

Nope, it's Dear Leader's ineptitude that has left the Right unable to do anything. A good leader unifies his people, aligning them in the same direction, to work together towards a common goal. Trump's people are stealing documents off his desk and relying on his ineptitude to not realize.

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No, everytime Trump does something liberals run to a court where a liberal activist judge issues a nationwide injunction. Now those will all be overturned at the Supreme Court or even before that.

Now there are a lot more conservative judges thanks to Trump.

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The courts are a check on the president and congress, so liberals "running" to the courts is not something to be disparaged because they are merely ensuring there is a check on Trump.

Why do conservatives think it's okay for Trump and his associates to get away with crime but scream at the top of their lungs about undocumented immigrants and minorities committing crime? Sound logic.

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There are a lot more conservative judges thanks to the repugnant republicans in the senate obstructing Obama from appointing those judges.

Comservatives sure aren't going to enjoy life when/if the Dems take the Senate. There will be so many conservatives tears that the Mississippi will look like a creek.

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So remind me what crimes Trump and his associates have “gotten away with”?

The role of the unelected judges is not to actively block the policies of the elected government. They are only there to identify anything that is against the law not to stop policies they don’t like.

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Term limits should be applied to supreme court justices. Nobody should have a position of such power for life. Same goes for politicians.

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Agreed. Anyone who been there since the early 1990s should leave and a 10 year limit should be established for the future.

.3 more appointments for Trump right now, sounds good.

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Trump's associates haven't gotten away with the crimes because of Mueller. However, conservatives scream, "bias/corruption/witch hunt" every time one of Trump's associates is found guilty or pleads guilty. This means conservatives want those people to get away with their crimes.

Clearly logical inferences are difficult for some people.

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The role of the unelected judges is not to actively block the policies of the elected government. They are only there to identify anything that is against the law not to stop policies they don’t like.

Exactly, which is what the judges are doing. Just because you have zero idea about the law and how it works and you can't put your personal feelings aside doesn't mean judges are ruling based on their feelings. It's the height of intellectual dishonesty to so claim.

Let me guess, SCOTUS overturning circuit judges decisions is evidence the circuit judges are ruling on their feelings, correct? Nope. It means that the conservatives on SCOTUS are ruling based on feelings. (I don't believe that happens, but I'm trying to employ conservative "logic.")

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Let me guess. GOP traitors of the United States want another selective declassification in order to "prove" their point. This tactic is getting very worn out.

November can't come fast enough to put an end to the Republican freak show in the House. Let's investigate Gym Jordan.

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Give us an exception so we can read the house committee report. That will put everything to rest.

Oh, the IG report is going to set things straight once and for all.

Rudy's on it now. It'll be over in a month. Rudy ain't playing, he's got Mueller's number. (Bass? Black?)

See a pattern of absolute dud predictions? It is glaringly obvious.

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The biggest dud of all?

That Trump collided with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Total dud, been going on since spring and summer of 2016 and nothing.

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Oh and that Trump would be impeached. It’s been like 600 days what are you waiting for?

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Oh and that Trump would be impeached. It’s been like 600 days what are you waiting for?

Trump will be impeached but the Senate will not convict. Historically the opposition party gains seats in off year elections. Dems only need 23 to take control of the House. The Senate will be a closer call.

Trump did not “collude” with Russia - it’s a ridiculous charge that can’t be proven. The game is to get him on obstruction of justice- the same thing Nixon was impeached for. But in Trumps case there was no actual crime - he will be accused of covering up this none existent malfeasance in order to bring him down. I know that Trump acts like a clown but you can’t use the machinery of the state to overturn a democratic election. You think Americans are divided now just wait and see the chaos and anarchy that will accompany a successful coup.

I hope there is more transparency on what the FBI and DOJ was up to during the Obama administration. There is a lot we still don’t know.

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I hope there is more transparency on what the FBI and DOJ was up to during the Obama administration. There is a lot we still don’t know.

How about just hoping for transparency, regardless of the team that won the last match?

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The biggest dud of all? 

That Trump collided with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Total dud, been going on since spring and summer of 2016 and nothing.

That's not how investigations work. Another dud comment because someone fails to educate themselves on how real-life investigations work.

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Conservatives don't accept that Trump is a liar, racist, misogynistic, incompetent, child-like individual despite the vast amount of evidence from Trump's own mouth. Yet we get this, which is completwly unsupported by evidence:

I hope there is more transparency on what the FBI and DOJ was up to during the Obama administration. There is a lot we still don’t know.

See the glaring intellectual dishonesty being practiced?

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Nobody posting here can possibly know whether there is evidence of Trump colliding. However, there is a lot of evidence pointing in that direction.

Its not a game to get Trump on obstruction of justice. If Trump hadn't opened his mouth and acted like an amateur, he wouldn't have to worry about obstruction charges. If he obstructed, he did it if his own accord. It is illegal and does not require an underlying crime, just an investigation into an alleged crime. Full stop.

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Black: What about your prediction that your boy Rudy would put Mueller to rest in a month? That was how many months ago?

Let me guess, the deep state is preventing Rudy from making his move. No? The corrupt judges everywhere? Undocumented immigrants stole Rudy's briefcase with the kryptonite in it?

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Mueller was put to rest months ago. You just won’t admit it.

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Let me guess. GOP traitors of the United States want another selective declassification in order to "prove" their point. This tactic is getting very worn out.

Now I know you just didn’t say that! Lol

November can't come fast enough to put an end to the Republican freak show in the House. Let's investigate Gym Jordan

Jim Jordan. Anyway, looking at the map, your dream may not come true, it’s really tight and Democrats are a bit worried, they should be at least 14-18 points ahead that means a lot of people are giving second thoughts about the nut job liberals that will do anything to get elected.

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That's not how investigations work. Another dud comment because someone fails to educate themselves on how real-life investigations work.

Oh we know how investigations work- that’s the problem. There is one standard of justice for Hillary and her minions and another for everyone else. Comey flat out admitted that classified documents above top secret were on her privately installed server that she used to get around government document archiving regulations. He had the gall to stand up in front of the American public and let her off scott free - no punishment whatsoever. No other government employee could get away with what she did - many have been imprisoned and had their lives ruined for less. Comey then turns around and leaks confidential government documents in order to get a special counsel appointed to go after Trump. You can’t make this kind of crap up it’s so outlandish. Hillary paid Russians for dirt on Trump, it gets fed to the press and that is used by the FBI to attempt to reverse the results of the 2016 election. Yes - we know how investigations work.

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Mueller was put to rest months ago. You just won’t admit it.

Any evidence to support this? How can Mueller keep getting guilty please if he were put away months ago? Why do conservatives keep whining about, and disparaging him if he were put away months ago?

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Oh we know how investigations work- that’s the problem.

You think you know how investigations work, but obviously don't; that's the problem.

There is one standard of justice for Hillary and her minions and another for everyone else

Yes, there is according to conservatives. You guys think Hillary should be investigated until she can be done for something, but think an investigation into Trump should be concluded within a week. Those are two very different standards of justice.

You can’t make this kind of crap up it’s so outlandish

Yet, somehow, you managed to make outlandish crap up. Try sticking to reality and you won't sound like you're making up outlandish crap.

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Bass: You were also bloviating on how Rudy was going to take care of Mueller within a month. Any comment on how incorrect your prediction was?

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There is one standard of justice for Hillary and her minions and another for everyone else

This is ridiculous. Republicans had 37 Benghazimail investigations, and their own committees found no reason to charge her. Now their own guy (Mueller, a Republican, appointed by Republicans) is doing an investigation that has not even concluded, and somehow these people are claiming a different standard of justice.

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and somehow these people are claiming a different standard of justice.

They are correct that there is a different standard of justice; they just have it bass ackwards.

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Declassify and unredact documents...

Full transparent Inspector General Horowitz report

Eveything of Steele and Ohr's FBI 302s

Uncensored version of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, FBI lovers texts

Unedited Christopher Steel and Bruce Ohr communications

Fully declassify FISA warrants and apps that indicted James Wolfe, Security Director of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) already leaked to his young journalist sex buddy Ali Watkins of New York Times. Wolfe gave to Watkins of NYT the first 83 page FISA app on Carter Page.

2 phases of media leak stratagem that DOJ and FBI authorities in collaboration to engineer as well as defend later on the "Putin-Trump" collusion narrative. Article link below talks about how DOJ/FBI utilize libturd-leaning, willingly media allies as sources and methods.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/09/11/a_labyrinth_of_anti-trump_leaks_upon_anti-trump_leaks.html

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