- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

President Trump said Wednesday that his order to declassify documents about FISA, Carter Page and the Russia probe is a “great service to the country” that could expose the special counsel investigation as a “hoax.”

In an interview with Hill.TV, Mr. Trump said the move is all about transparency but hopes to expose “something that is truly a cancer in our country.”

Hill.TV host Buck Sexton clarified on Twitter that the president was referring to “individuals within the FBI that are under scrutiny” with that comment.

“I hope to be able [to] put this up as one of my crowning achievements,” Mr. Trump said.

On Monday, the president ordered the Justice Department, FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify documents regarding FISA court, Carter Page and interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

The declassification order also applied to text messages sent by Mr. Ohr, former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, and former FBI Directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe.

In August, the four former federal employees and Mr. Ohr were all on the president’s list to possibly lose their security clearances.

During his interview, Mr. Trump accused the FBI of misleading the FISA court judges in order to approve the warrant to spy on Mr. Page, a former Trump campaign aide.

Republicans contend that Mr. Ohr had a hand in pushing the Christopher Steele dossier through the Justice Department, and that was the basis for both the Carter Page FISA warrant and the special counsel’s Russia probe.

The intelligence community denies those allegations.

“They know this is one of the great scandals in the history of our country because basically what they did is, they used Carter Page, who nobody even knew, who I feel very badly for, I think he’s been treated very badly,” Mr. Trump said. “They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States.”

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