Right now, White House counsel Donald F. McGahn is searching for every FISA warrant allegedly issued by Obama’s administration of Trump’s ties to a suspicious Russian bank. A senior White house official says that McGahn’s office wants access to any order issued by the very secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to Donald Trump, his campaign or his accomplices.
The White House does have the authority to request access to the documents, but they usually don’t since the DOJ is supposed to be independent. In 2016, the DOJ was directed to investigate any possible flow of money from a Russian bank to Trump’s Presidential campaign.
This is from The Heat Street:
That warrant was turned down, but another, more “narrowly drawn,” according to The Intercept, was not. After that, the story isn’t so clear: the FBI could have found nothing, it could still be investigating, or it could have requested other FISA warrants, with more specific details about Donald Trump’s inner circle.
If the White House retrieves the alleged FISA documents, Trump will have the executive option to declassify whatever information remains about the warrants and the ensuing investigation.
That, of course, is a double-edged sword: if Trump declassifies the information, it could certainly reveal that President Obama had ordered a large scale investigation into his contacts with the Russians. It could also reveal that Trump’s inner circle did, in fact, have contacts with the Russians.
The White House Counsel’s office says that they are only now beginning, on the Administration’s orders, to explore how to obtain the possible FISA warrants. White House press Secretary Sean Spicer told the media, in an emailed statement, that the office is “reviewing what options, if any, are available to us.”