Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to declassify certain documents related to the FBI’s Russia investigation is drawing praise from Republican allies and condemnation from Democratic critics.
The Justice Department and the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats say they are working together to comply with Trump’s order. The president’s decision triggers a declassification review by various agencies.
A small group of congressional Republicans, all staunch allies of Trump, had asked the president last week to declassify the documents. Republican congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina says their release will allow Americans to decide what happened in the FBI and Justice department.
Democratic congressman Adam Schiff of California says the decision is intended to advance a false narrative as the special counsel investigates Russia’s election meddling.