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Lindsey Graham Says He Will Advise AG Barr On How To Release Trump-Russia Documents


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Monday he will meet with Attorney General William Barr this week to discuss how to release documents that he says will paint an “ugly and damning” picture of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

“I’m going to meet the attorney general this week to talk to him about how to best tell the story. I don’t want people to conjecture as to what happened. I want you to read it,” Graham told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“I want you to see all the 302s that we possibly can give to you. I want you to see the full [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant application. I want to release the transcripts of the confidential informants talking to Papadopoulos,” he said.

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Republicans have pressed for the declassification of a slew of FBI and Justice Department documents related to the Russia probe, including FBI interview transcripts known as 302s. Republicans have said that some of the information shows that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by relying on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain wiretaps against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

They have also recently pushed for the release of transcripts of Trump adviser George Papadopoulos’s conversations with Stefan Halper, an alleged FBI informant.

President Trump appeared poised earlier this year to begin classifying many of the documents, but he ceded control over the process on May 23 to Barr. Trump’s order granted Barr the authority to declassify the Russia documents as he saw fit. Barr also appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead an inquiry into federal government agencies’ activities involving the Trump campaign.

The Durham probe is operating alongside a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page.

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“I think it’s going to be really damning and ugly, and people did some really bad things that are dangerous for the country,” Graham said of the eventual release of the documents.

He also predicted that the information will receive a small fraction of the coverage of what former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report received.

“It will be 10 percent of the coverage that the Mueller report got. It’s a shame.”

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