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Trump threatens to declassify Russia documents to hit back at House Democrats

President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Wednesday that if the incoming House Democratic majority "harass" him by launching investigations into his administration, he would declassify documents related to the Russia probe that he claimed would be damaging to them.

"I think that would help my campaign. If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are."
— Trump told the publication

The backdrop: House Democrats are already preparing for an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and investigations from Trump's family business dealings, tax returns and the Russia probe.

The Trump allies who have pushed back on his media attacks

Ivanka Trump at Axios event
Ivanka Trump at an Axios News Shapers event in August. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

In an interview with "Axios on HBO," President Trump said his supporters like him more when he dials up his attacks on the media and that he is "doing a service" by labeling those who cover him unfairly or inaccurately "the enemy of the people."

The big picture: Trump's core base might enjoy his fiery rhetoric, but several of the president's close allies have broken with him when it comes to his characterization of the media. That includes his own daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who told Axios in August that while she has been the subject of stories she knows to be false, she doesn't consider the media to be the enemy.