Trump orders release of sealed FBI Russia probe documents in one of his last acts

Trump has long claimed that the Democrats sought to use the FBI probe in a bid to oust him (Image: REUTERS)

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Donald Trump has declassified documents on the potentially explosive FBI Russia probe in one of his last acts as US President.

Hours before leaving office the controversial Republican ordered the declassification of documents relating to the probe, which led to the long investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump has long claimed that the Democrats sought to use the FBI probe in a bid to oust him.

In a memorandum the US President, who made his farewell speech on his last day in office yesterday, said that some redactions had been made to the documents so to allow for their public disclosure.

US President Donald J. Trump addressed the nation from the Blue Room of the White House for the last time earlier

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Investigators were reportedly worried by Trump’s behaviour after he fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.

The probe was said to have examined whether the US President was a national security threat.

The FBI counterintelligence probe was rolled into the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to the New York Times.

There was also a criminal element focusing on whether Comey’s sacking was intended to impede investigations into Moscow’s meddling.

At the time the White House hit out at claims the FBI had opened an inquiry into whether Donald Trump was secretly working for Russia.

The White House had previously hit out at the claims
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His press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack.

"Unlike President Obama… President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

Last month Donald Trump pardoned 20 people as he neared the end of his presidency – including a former campaign aide who was convicted as part of the Russia probe.

The US president granted a full pardon to George Papadopoulos who pleaded guilty as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump also pardoned Alex van der Zwaan, 36, the Dutch son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan. Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $20,000 for lying to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about contacts with an official in Trump's 2016 campaign.