President Trump on Friday delayed the release of documents related to the Russia investigation that he wants declassified, saying the Justice Department’s inspector general is reviewing them after “key allies” raised concerns.
In a series of tweets, the president said he recently met with Justice Department officials about his request and that they agreed to release the documents, while noting that they expressed concerns that doing so could have a “perceived negative impact” on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
Trump also warned that he could declassify the documents unilaterally “if it proves necessary.”
“Speed is very important to me – and everyone!” he tweeted.
The inspector general’s office at the Justice Department declined to comment.