White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Trump's decision in a written statement, saying the president had directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department to declassify the documents "at the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency". Gaetz, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, added that he looks "forward to the forthcoming release of these documents, and reviewing them closely". "The things that have been found over the last couple of weeks about text messages back and forth are a disgrace to our nation".
It is not clear from the statement when the declassification and release of the documents will occur.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued a warrant to allow the Justice Department to surveil Page in the summer of 2016 based on evidence he was working as a Russian agent. "Basically you have a counter terrorism tool used to spy on a presidential. campaign, which is unprecedented in our history". "Big stuff!" Trump wrote on his Twitter account early Tuesday.
President Donald Trump ordered on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) declassify and release the Carter Page FISA application and all text messages related to the Russian Federation investigation from top DOJ and FBI officials who have come under intense scrutiny for alleged bias.
Trump made a similar move in February when the White House, over the objections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence community, cleared the way for the Republican-led House intelligence committee to release a partisan memo about the surveillance warrant on Page.
Democrats on those same panels have argued that declassification would be a crass political move in advance of contentious midterm congressional elections.
After Manafort's guilty plea, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a first statement, "Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign". "He especially shouldn't be releasing documents with the potential to reveal intelligence sources".
Meanwhile, Trump had accused him of bias against Republicans because McCabe's wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, during a failed state Senate run.
William Banks, a Syracuse University national security expert, said that by making the information public, Trump is essentially overruling the decisions of career officials intent on keeping it from foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups and other adversaries. "Any decision by your offices to share this material with the President or his lawyers willviolate longstanding Department of Justice policies". But the North Carolina Republican nevertheless defended Trump's prerogative to declassify the materials.
"They're having a more hard time working with the public because the public has lost trust in the FBI", Ringel said. And later that same month, a countermemo by Democrats on the same committee was declassified and released in redacted form. Critics of the move say the president has a clear conflict by trying to discredit an investigation in which he himself is a subject.
He said he hasn't read the documents he ordered declassified. "It doesn't have anything to do with us". Ohr had conversations with the author of a controversial dossier that claims the Trump campaign had ties to Russian Federation.
Democrats responded with their own memo, which argued that the FBI's interest in Page predated the FBI's knowledge of the Steele dossier.
Trump's demands mark his latest effort to turn up the heat on the Justice Department, whom he and his Republican allies have accused of running a tainted probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. But those documents were heavily redacted, with entire pages blacked out.
But since that time, certain House Republicans have called for the public release of specific pages, even though they have acknowledged they are not sure whether the documents will help or hurt their arguments about alleged improper conduct in the probe. About 30 members of Congress of both parties have had access to FISA applications related to the investigation.