President Donald Trump on Friday put the brakes on his plan to declassify in addition to also Discharge documents in addition to also texts related to the federal investigation of his presidential campaign in addition to also the inquiry into Russian interference from the 2016 election.
The apparent reversal, which leaves unclear when, or if, the material will be released, came after days of criticism about his move to declassify the items.
Trump said in two tweets that will he has asked the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, to review the documents “on an expedited basis” after concerns were raised by DOJ officials that will releasing the documents “may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe.”
“Also, key Allies’ [sic] called to ask not to Discharge,” Trump tweeted. “from the end I can always declassify if the item proves necessary.”
Trump told Fox News on Thursday night regarding to documents, “We are moving along, we’re working along.”
“We are also dealing with foreign countries that will do have a problem. I must tell you. I got called today through two very not bad allies saying, ‘Please, can we talk,’ ” Trump said. “the item will be not as simple as all of that will. We do have to respect their wishes. nevertheless the item will all come out.”
A spokesman for Horowitz declined to comment.
Trump on Monday declassified 21 pages of a 101-page application by the FBI in 2017 to renew a surveillance warrant allowing the FBI to monitor communications of ex-Trump campaign aid Carter Page.
Page has told a congressional committee he had contacts during the campaign with people connected to Russia.
Trump also declassified text messages of former FBI Director James Comey, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page in addition to also former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Monday’s move surprised current in addition to also former members of the U.S. intelligence community.
“that will will be certainly unprecedented,” Robert Litt, who during the Obama administration had served as general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told NBC News.
“Between the compromise of sources in addition to also methods, the impact on the willingness of people to cooperate, in addition to also the potential of selective Discharge of classified material for partisan purposes, I think intelligence officials will find the item very troubling,” Litt said.