President Donald Trump has routinely acted in unprecedented ways while handling the FBI — and now the FBI is taking steps to assert their independence from the president.
According to Bloomberg, the FBI is expected to derail Trump’s demand to release classified information into the Russia probe.
In a statement, Trump ordered the immediate disclamations of documents and text messages relating to the Russia investigation.
“In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr,” the statement read.
However, the FBI appears to be taking its time.
“Agency officials aren’t asserting to Trump’s demand for ‘immediate declassification’ of some materials related to the Russia investigation, and are likely to push for redactions, according to people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg reported.
A source told Bloomberg that the agency is reviewing Trump’s request, but might keep some information “secret or redacted” in order to protect confidential sources.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said in a statement that Trump’s request is for “political purposes, which puts lives at risk.”