Russia probe reckoning? DOJ facing rising pressure to release surveillance documents and more

The Justice Department is facing a new wave of pressure, in court and on Capitol Hill, to release key documents pertaining to the origins of the FBI's Russia meddling probe.

With a batch of internal and inspector general reviews already beginning to shed more light on the bureau's handling of that politically explosive case, the push for documents marks another avenue for those seeking a full accounting of the investigation. Most recently, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., released a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr seeking the declassification of numerous files related to evidence also sought by former national security adviser Michael Flynn's attorneys.

And late Tuesday evening, President Trump jumped back into the fray with a tweet that quoted activist Charlie Kirk in an interview with Fox Business Channel's Trish Regan: "To declassify is so important because if this were a Democrat President or a Democrat Candidate, that was spied on the way President Trump was spied on, this would be a scandal that would make Watergate look like nothing."

Trump earlier this year gave Barr the authority to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign surveillance. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment Tuesday on the request from Graham, which was expansive.
In his letter, Graham detailed a wide range of documents he'd like to see declassified including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants obtained concerning anyone associated with the Trump campaign, as well as "all documents the inspector general identifies as appropriate for declassification as much as possible, without harming national security."


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