Senators Grassley, Johnson demand AG Garland provide update on declassification of remaining Russia probe docs

Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland provide them with an “immediate update” on former President Trump’s January 2021 order to declassify records related to the FBI’s original investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The outraged senators slam the Justice Department for having made “no apparent progress toward transparency.” 

In a letter to Garland Thursday, Grassley, R-Iowa, and Johnson, R-Wis., cited Trump’s January memo directing the director of National Intelligence and director of the CIA to declassify “certain Crossfire Hurricane records for public dissemination.” 

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Grassley and Johnson said that in February, their staffs “requested an update” from the Justice Department with respect to when a “full and complete set of declassified records would be provided to Congress.” 

“Since then, our respective staffs have had countless emails and phone calls requesting updates on your office’s efforts to follow through on President Trump’s declassification directive, to which your office has consistently failed to provide any substantive update,” they wrote. “Indeed, to-date, the Justice Department has not produced a single declassified record to Congress and the American people.” 

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