Trump Admits 'Very Good' U.S. Allies 'Have a Problem' With Him Releasing Secret Russia Investigation Documents

President Donald Trump revealed he received phone calls from two U.S. allies expressing concerns over his instruction to the Justice Department to declassify, redact and release secret documents relating to the Russia investigation.

Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Trump in an interview at his Thursday rally in Las Vegas when those documents would be released.

"We're moving along, we're working along," Trump said. "We're also dealing with foreign countries that do have a problem. I must tell you, I got called today from two very good allies saying, Please can we talk. So it's not as simple as all that. And we do have to respect their wishes. But it'll all come out."

The president did not reveal who the allies were, but they are likely nations that share intelligence with the U.S. and fear that sensitive information handed over in confidence will be made public, potentially putting their own agents at risk.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump claims to be the victim of a "deep state" conspiracy across the Washington establishment and centered on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

One focus of Mueller's investigation is suspicions of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

The president calls the probe a politically motivated "witch hunt" against his family, friends, associates and supporters. Trump and his allies hope releasing the documents will turn up information that discredits Mueller's inquiry.

Meanwhile, Mueller has notched up a number of indictments, guilty pleas and convictions against some of those closest to Trump, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort and personal attorney Michael Cohen. And the investigation isn't over yet.

Among the documents Trump ordered to be released are text messages from FBI members involved early on in the Russia investigation.

Among those he claims were working against him are three officials fired from the FBI: former directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe and Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, who was for a time the lead agent in the Russia probe.

Text messages sent from Strzok to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, show him referring to Trump as an "idiot" before the 2016 election, among other critical remarks.

In one particular exchange seized on by Trump and his supporters, Page tells Strzok that Trump is "not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Strzok replies, "No. No he won't. We'll stop it."

But a report by the Inspector General Michael Horowitz into the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server before the 2016 election found no evidence of bias against Trump, though it criticized Strzok and Page. The report also said Comey, who clashed with the president, was "insubordinate."

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President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20. This week, Trump told the Justice Department to declassify documents relating to the Russia investigation. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
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