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

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump makes new overtures to Democrats Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify': lawyers House panels postpone meeting with Rosenstein 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 John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury GOP has not done a good job of selling economic achievements, says ex-Trump adviser 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.”