President Trump’s decision Tuesday to authorize the declassification of all documents related to the high-profile Russia investigation and the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state was embraced by supporters and brushed off by detractors.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he wanted all relevant files pertaining to “the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax” released.
He said he also wants all relevant documents pertaining to the Clinton email probe.
“No redactions!” he tweeted. “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.
Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” Trump tweeted.
The president’s announcement came after National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe declassified documents that revealed ex-CIA Director John Brennan had briefed former President Obama on a claim that Clinton ordered “a campaign plan to stir up a scandal” by linking Trump to Russia in 2016.
Ratcliffe provided Fox News with an undated set of notes from Brennan about his briefing for Obama that touched on the allegation, and an investigative referral from the CIA to the FBI describing the claim.
Most of the document was redacted by Ratcliffe’s office, making it impossible to understand the full context of the meeting or when exactly it occurred.