DOJ and FBI to propose redactions on Russia documents: Report

September 19, 2018

The Justice Department and the FBI are working to address President Trump’s demands for the “immediate declassification” of documents and text messages regarding the Russia probe, Carter Page and Bruce Ohr, but will reportedly submit them with proposed redactions.

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that three unnamed sources familiar with the process explained the DOJ, FBI, and Office of Director of National Intelligence don’t have a timeline to finish reviewing the documents yet.

After the FBI and DOJ complete their review of the documents, they will submit them with any proposed redactions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to prepare for the White House, a source explained. Though, Mr. Trump could press the agencies to remove the redactions.

The president said Monday that all three agencies needed to release documents related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application court, FBI interviews with Mr. Ohr, a DOJ official, about the Russia investigation and all reports about the FISA application for Mr. Page, a former Trump campaign aide.

The official declaration also demanded that all text messages about the Russia investigation sent by Mr. Ohr, former FBI Director James B. Comey, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

One source told Bloomberg that Mr. Trump’s request for text messages was unprecedented.

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