Peter King calls for Trump to ‘immediately’ declassify Russia probe docs


Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is calling for President Trump to “immediately” declassify government documents related to the Russia investigation, saying the records will show improprieties by the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Absolutely he should declassify it immediately,” King told Hill.TV on Wednesday. “I am not certain why he changed his mind last week, he said it involved allies. There could be some allies who are sensitive — maybe some things were done within their territory — but there is nothing there that would really hurt any foreign government.”

The classified documents include the FBI’s 2016 surveillance warrant application to monitor former Trump aide Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as well as text messages between FBI official Peter Strzok and now-former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

King said the documents, when made public, will reveal vital information related to the FBI and Justice Department’s FISA application.

“When it’s out there I think fair-minded people will say they withheld very, very important evidence,” King said. “I believe what it will show is that the FBI and the DOJ held back important information from the FISA court and that some of the information they gave turned out to be misleading. But the key thing is that I think they withheld a lot of key information from the FISA court.”

— Alison Spann

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