Trump Told White House Team
During his final days in the White House, Donald Trump asked top advisers to keep some documents related to Russia to prevent them from destroying their enemies.
Documents related to a federal investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with Trump's campaign.
Towards the end of his presidency, Trump and his team insisted on the release of these so-called "Russiagate" documents, believing they would reveal a "Deep State" conspiracy against him.
Trump's concerns about preserving Russia-related material are newly relevant after an FBI search turns up a trove of government documents at the former president's residence in Mar-a-Lago.
Trump considers the documents "mine" and has instructed his lawyers to make that broad argument
But both Trump and his former director of national intelligence have indicated that documents related to Russia may be among the materials the FBI was looking for. "
"Former DNI John Ratcliffe told CBS a few days ago that while he had no idea what was on the record, "I wouldn't be surprised if there were any records relating to [Russia].
"A month before the 2020 election, Ratcliffe made public intelligence about how the US obtained information from "Russian intelligence analysis" about Hillary Clinton's campaign.
CIA director Gina Haspel and NSA chief Paul Nakasone both reportedly opposed the declassification because it could reveal how US spies obtained information.
Several other officials familiar with the internal debate believed that such declassification could obscure sensitive resources.
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