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 MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE's probe. 

In a letter sent to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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) GaetzThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Photographer leaves Judiciary hearing after being accused of taking photos of member notes MORE (Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Sen. John Kennedy: Americans 'deserve some answers' on Epstein's death Gosar leaves message in tweets: 'Epstein didn't kill himself' MORE (Ariz.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanHotel industry mounts attack on Airbnb with House bill GOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (S.C.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial GOP lawmaker reacts to Democrats moving forward on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE (Ga.), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanHouse Republicans add Jordan to Intel panel for impeachment probe House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe MORE (S.C.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Tempers flare at tense Judiciary hearing on impeachment MORE (Texas) and Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Trump takes pulse of GOP on Alabama Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems unveil impeachment measure; Vindman splits GOP 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 GrahamRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip 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.