House conservatives ask Trump to declassify documents underlying Mueller investigation

House conservatives are intensifying their demands for scrutiny of Department of Justice (DOJ) decisions after the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's probe. 

In a letter sent to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE on Monday, eight House conservatives argued that the declassification of some related documents is necessary to find out “how Congress, the courts, and the American people were misled by Department of Justice leadership into a two-year investigation that failed to discover any evidence of Russian collusion.”

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The lawmakers want the Trump administration to declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and other key documents related to the Steele dossier, including information on the Justice Department official’s contact with Christopher Steele, who authored the controversial dossier. 

The lawmakers cited the Mueller investigation closing with no additional indictments as further reason to release the documents.

The request is led by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and signed by Republican Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP lawmaker says some Trump officials contradicting Pompeo on Iran and al Qaeda GOP lawmaker on Iran: Congress should vote on 'what's worthy of spilling American blood and what isn't' Lawmakers spar at testy Mueller hearing MORE (Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarTrump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill MORE (Ariz.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanSteve King vows to fight his way back onto committees: 'I had to let the blood cool' 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave MORE (S.C.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceOversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants Second Republican blocks disaster aid bill's passage in House MORE (Ga.), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanHouse conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Overnight Defense: NATO chief urges US to support alliance on its 70th anniversary | Turkey rebuffs Pentagon pressure over Russia deal | Rand Paul, liberals team up to push Trump on Syria withdrawal MORE (S.C.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse Republican interrupted in reparations hearing by protester shouting 'you lie!' Annual 'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2020 race Democrats, Republicans in Congress spar over state abortion laws MORE (Texas) and Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill GOP candidate expects Roy Moore to announce Senate bid in June GOP leaders dead set against Roy Moore in Alabama MORE (Ala.).

“Not a single American has been charged with Russian collusion despite two years of media leaks and misinformation to the contrary,” they wrote. “That is the conclusion of an investigation the very existence of which is unprecedented in American history. But how this investigation began, and the extent to which DOJ officials misled the public and the FISA court, remains shrouded in secrecy by documents that remain classified.”

The lawmakers went on to say they expect the request to be met with pushback from the DOJ but feel it’s critical that they receive answers.

“We have no doubt that you will continue to face resistance from the DOJ to the release of these documents because they will be embarrassing to the department or will expose wrongdoing. But that is no reason to keep these documents from the American people,” they continued.

“The witch hunt has finally been brought to a close. Now comes the task of investigating how this happened to make sure that it never happens again. It is time to declassify these documents so that we can learn the truth,” they wrote.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Trump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions MORE (R-S.C.) — one of Trump’s leading allies in the upper chamber — is also calling for information on alleged FISA abuse, calling for an investigation to receive the “other side of the story.”

"When it comes to the [FISA] warrant, the Clinton campaign, the counterintelligence investigation, it's pretty much been swept under the rug. … Those days are over," he told reporters during a press conference Monday.

Trump previously ordered the documents to be declassified by the FBI and DOJ in September but sidelined his plan shortly after national security concerns were raised.