Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) requested that Attorney General William Barr make public a trove of documents relating to the probe into President Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign.
In a letter penned Thursday and released on Tuesday, Graham — a staunch senatorial ally of the president — called on the attorney general to declassify and release “certain documents” related to the investigation, saying that they would be integral for Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s presentation of his probe’s results to the public.
“In order for the Inspector General to be able to present the most complete results of his investigation to Congress and the American people, certain documents will need to be declassified and released to the public,” wrote Graham.
The Senate Judiciary chairman outlined the content from nine areas that he wanted to see made public, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page and others from the campaign and documents having to do with defensive briefings that both the president’s and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s campaigns received in 2016.
He then called on the attorney general to “declassify” every document that Horowitz deems “appropriate” without compromising national security.
“I write to urge you to declassify all documents the Inspector General identifies as appropriate for declassification as much as possible, without harming national security,” the South Carolina senator wrote.
Earlier this year, President Trump gave Barr the authority to declassify documents he deems necessary as they relate to the review of the events leading up to the investigation into the president’s campaign, as IJR News previously reported.
As IJR News also noted, the Department of Justice declined to charge former FBI Director James Comey for leaking information to the press through a friend after Horowitz’s investigation into the matter found that he had.