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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe. 

In a letter sent to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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) GaetzTrump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Rep. Gaetz to Cher: 'I got you, babe' Gaetz introduces 'PENCIL' resolution to oust Schiff from House Intel MORE (Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave GOP lawmaker attacks critic as 'a little bitch' on Twitter 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 (Ariz.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanRepublicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave Trump says Navy SEAL charged with war crimes will be moved to 'less restrictive confinement' House conservatives ask Trump to declassify documents underlying Mueller investigation MORE (S.C.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceOvernight Energy: John Kerry hits Trump over climate change at hearing | Defends Ocasio-Cortez from GOP attacks | Dems grill EPA chief over auto emissions rollback plan Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave MORE (Ga.), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanOvernight 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 Rand Paul teams up with Ocasio-Cortez, Omar to press Trump on Syria withdrawal House conservatives ask Trump to declassify documents underlying Mueller investigation MORE (S.C.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google face tough questions on white nationalism | Nielsen's exit raisers cyber worries | McConnell calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' | Facebook changes terms for EU data Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave YouTube shuts down comments on House hearing on white nationalism over hateful remarks MORE (Texas) and Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksPoll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field Alabama Holocaust Commission condemns GOP lawmaker's use of Hitler phrase 'big lie' Trump loyalist Gaetz eyes Senate bid 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 GrahamWhy Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents 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.