As for the president's order Tuesday, Meadows said, "declassifying the documents is the only true way for the American people to understand the elevation of concern that members have had for months". Democrats criticized the effort, saying the GOP lawmakers were trying to discredit the Justice Department in an effort to protect Trump from Mueller's investigation.
Trump specified that the text messages must be released "without redaction". But also like Comey, McCabe had interesting interactions with Trump that might be considered fair game.
The letter said, "Any decision by your offices to share this material with the President or his lawyers will violate longstanding Department of Justice policies".
Among the documents Trump ordered to be declassified, some have to do with a renewed surveillance warrant for Carter Page, texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.
Team Trump has been battered by a series of unflattering White House tell-alls, including tomes by Michael Wolfe, Omarosa Manigault Newman and Bob Woodward - each of which portrays an administration mired in chaos and a president mentally and temperamentally unfit for the job.
"What we've done is a great service to the country, really", Trump told the outlet during an Oval Office interview.
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He said he hasn't read the documents he ordered declassified.
Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor from the Southern District of NY, called Trump's decision to declassify parts of the Page FISA application an "incredibly risky move that sets a really troubling precedent". It was an application to the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which grants secret national security surveillance warrants.
An inspector general may be able to obtain that information during an investigation and a judge may have occasion to review it to settle an evidence dispute, but a target of an application like Page "certainly doesn't get to look at them", Chesney said. "They have an obligation to be candid", said Kris, founder of Culper Partners consulting firm.
In his first on-camera comments since ordering the declassification of secret documents related to the Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump on Tuesday argued his move was in the interest of "total transparency" while making clear his primary target is the "terrible witch hunt". Democrats later countered with their own memo.
Several agencies will work to remove sensitive details from the material before it's released publicly.
Andrew McCabe's book is set to be released in December.
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation began monitoring Page's communications in late 2016, the agency based some of its application on information directly provided by Steele in his "dossier".
The book announcement says McCabe's job "put him in the room with the President, and many other leaders at the highest levels of this administration". "His attacks on the most critical institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice", he said.