Meadows calls ex-Trump aide surveillance docs 'potentially groundbreaking development'

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsWatchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Trump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' MORE (R-N.C.) on Saturday called documents released by the Department of Justice "groundbreaking."

He also called for the declassification of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The documents, released by the Department of Justice earlier Saturday, were heavily redacted but indicated that the FBI "believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government ... to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law."


“If the previous admin was funneling campaign research toward surveillance, we need to know,” Meadows tweeted. 

The lawmaker was responding to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton’s claim that the documents appear to “confirm the FBI and DoJ misled the courts in withholding info about Clinton-DNC being behind the info used to get the FISA warrant.”

"Given this corruption, President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE should intervene and declassify the heavily redacted material," Fitton said in a statement. Judicial Watch was one of the organizations that had requested to obtain the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

The FISA warrant applications for Page’s surveillance have been at the heart of GOP claims of bias against President Trump at the Justice Department.

"I’m having trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above complete ignorance and/or insanity," Page told The Hill after the documents’ release.

Democrats pushed back against those claims: House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) argued in a statement Sunday that the documents “provide clear evidence of ‘Russia’s coordination with Carter Page,’ a high-ranking Trump campaign official, ‘to undermine and improperly and illegally influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.’ ”

“For more than a year, House Republicans have bullied the Department of Justice and FBI to release highly sensitive documents to derail the Special Counsel’s and other legitimate national security investigations and cover for the President,” Pelosi said. “For the sake of our national security and our democracy, these vital investigations must be allowed to continue unhindered by Republican interference.”