Conservative GOP members call on Trump to declassify Russia documents
WASHINGTON (SBG) - A group of conservative lawmakers is calling on President Donald Trump to declassify several key documents related to the Department of Justice's Russia investigation.
A decision by the president could be coming soon; he tweeted that there may be "Declassification to find Additional Corruption."
House conservatives believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its power when it got a warrant to spy on Trump's former campaign adviser Carter Page. They are demanding the declassification of 20 of the FISA applications.
"I fear that if we see the true FISA documents, we'll learn that there were material omissions of information that absolutely should have been presented to the court and wasn't, and that led to improper spying on the Trump campaign," said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
A main issue for conservatives is the anti-Trump dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, and paid for by Democrats as opposition research.
They believe the FBI relied too much on the dossier to get the warrant on Page and that it was politically motivated.
"What they did was they went out and gin up this fake information. They brought it to a secret court and then they got a warrant to go and conduct that spying," said Gaetz. "For us, that's an erosion of the rule of law and we have to find out if that really happened."
Critics believe attacking the dossier is just a way for Republicans to try and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"It's just been a big chasing of the rabbit down the rabbit hole. I think it's a big waste of our time," said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.
Democrats are slamming Republicans.
"The Republicans are wasting everybody's time with an investigation into an investigation; they are convinced that there is a conspiracy in the FBI," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
In July, the Justice Department released more than 400 pages of FISA documents related to Page. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has claimed the information in the 20 other pages Republicans are demanding will shock Americans. It's still unclear what information is in the unredacted documents.