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Report: FBI and DOJ to propose redactions in declassified documents

FBI director Christopher Wray leaning over to talk to Rod Rosenstein
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The FBI, Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence plan to propose redactions for sensitive information regarding sources and methods in the Russia investigation documents that President Trump has ordered to be declassified, reports Bloomberg.

The big picture: Trump and some Republican lawmakers believe the declassified materials — which include documents and texts related to Carter Page, James Comey, Peter Strzok and others — will show the Russia investigation was corrupted by bias. Intelligence officials and Democratic leaders like Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Adam Schiff believe Trump has crossed a line, and that declassification could compromise the ongoing investigation.

Trump expected to declassify Carter Page and Bruce Ohr documents

Carter Page. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump is expected to declassify, as early as this week, documents covering the U.S. government's surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the investigative activities of senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, according to allies of the president.

The big picture: Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees believe the declassification will permanently taint the Trump-Russia investigation by showing the investigation was illegitimate to begin with. Trump has been hammering the same theme for months.

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