More 'Russiagate' documents set for release to the Senate on Friday

More 'Russiagate' documents set for release to the Senate on Friday

January 15, 2021

More ‘Russiagate’ documents set for release to the Senate including hundreds of pages of interviews, transcripts and depositions

  • Fox News reported Thursday night that hundreds of pages would be declassified
  • The documents relate to Trump’s election campaign and Russian meddling 
  • Robert Mueller was tasked with investigating whether Russia helped Trump win
  • Since May 2019 John Durham has also been looking at the origins of Mueller
  • Trump in October announce he was declassifying everything from the probe
  • Hundreds of pages have already been published, but are heavily redacted 

A fresh tranche of documents relating to the ‘Russiagate’ investigation are to be declassified on Friday, a Senate source told Fox News. 

The source said the documents will number hundreds of pages, and will include interviews, transcripts and depositions.

It was unclear who would be involved.

The Senate on Friday will reportedly receive hundreds of pages of ‘Russiagate’ documents

The documents pertain to an investigation into whether Putin’s Russia worked to help elect Donald Trump, and why the Trump campaign was investigated for its Russia contacts

George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russians, and was pardoned by Trump just before Christmas, tweeted: ‘Breaking: the President will have all declassified Obamagate files released to the American public as early as tomorrow.’ 

‘Russiagate’, or ‘Obamagate’ as Papadopoulos called it, refers to the idea that Obama-era officials concocted allegations that Donald Trump was being aided by Russia in a bid to stop him being elected president. 

It also encompasses the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the actions of individuals in Donald Trump’s orbit. Thirty four people were charged as a result of the inquiry, which concluded in 2019. 

The phrase also includes an inquiry led, at Trump’s request, by John Durham, attorney general for Connecticut. Durham was tasked in May 2019 with investigating the origins of the Mueller inquiry, and looking at whether the Trump campaign was spied on. 

Sean Langille, a producer at Fox News, tweeted the news of the impending release. 

In December 2020 Bill Barr, the departing attorney general, promoted Durham to Special Counsel, meaning his investigation could continue after the Trump administration ended.

John Durham has since May 2019 been investigating whether any Obama-era officials overstepped the mark in investigating individuals linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign

Documents relating to the investigation are sporadically released: in September, and October, tranches were made public. 

Trump tweeted on October 6: ‘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!’ 

His chief of staff, Mark Meadows, then argued Trump’s tweet was not about allowing the nation to see the documents; rather, it was about Attorney General William Barr’s being able to release them. 

‘The president indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents,’ Meadows said in a sworn court statement, in response to a court case brought be media organizations pushing for the total release of all documents.

Much of what has been made public so far has been heavily redacted. 

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