A number of documents related to the origins of the Russiagate investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged campaign ties to Russia will be declassified Friday, a Senate source told Fox News.
The declassified documents will include testimony, transcripts and interviews, the network’s source said.
Hundreds of documents are expected to be declassified.
In the summer of 2019, U.S. media reported that then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham to evaluate the validity of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
According to media reports, Barr instructed Durham to examine the origins of Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged “Russian interference,” which was conducted by the FBI before the special prosecutor.
In March 2019, Mueller’s team completed the report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and turned it over to the U.S. attorney general. He announced in a letter to Congress that the investigators found no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign staff.
Trump and his allies have long called the Russia investigation a “hoax” designed to undermine his presidency.
In October 2020, Trump tweeted that he had ordered the declassification of all documents related to the investigation into his alleged ties to Russia, as well as the email scandal of his former 2016 election rival, Hillary Clinton.
“I have authorized the full declassification of all documents related to one of the greatest political crimes in American history – the Russian hoax. This also applies to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. No cuts!” – Trump wrote in his tweet.