President Donald Trump’s order to release key FISA documents and text messages related to the Russia probe is “lawless,” Rep. Eric Swalwell , D-Calif., told CNN Wednesday.
Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of several documents related to the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including text messages from former FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page “without redaction” and 21 pages of an application for a surveillance warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page.
“This is quite lawless of the president to selectively declassify,” Swalwell said during an appearance on “At This Hour With Kate Bolduan.”
“He’s only putting forward to the American people what he believes helps him, completely and recklessly risking sources and methods who could be put at risk and have their lives at risk. Transparency is great but he doesn’t want to put out the full story or all the evidence that exists against him, he just wants to put out what he thinks helps him and that is a very destructive way to act as a person being investigated himself and to order your intelligence agencies to do so.”
When asked whether a broader release of documents would be OK, Swalwell said: “I’m more concerned about the precedent of a person being investigated being able to order declassification selectively because he thinks it helps him. That’s not how a rule of law country works.”
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