Trump also ordered that FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr be released surrounding the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as well as all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation from former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Trump gave his orders at the behest of some of the most conservative members of the U.S. House, who maintain that the FBI's investigation was tainted at the start due to anti-Trump bias.
A USA official with direct knowledge told NBC News that the agencies would not be able to conduct a damage assessment on the text messages, because there are too many of them.
Trump made the extraordinary move in response to calls from his allies in Congress who say they believe the Russian Federation investigation was tainted by anti-Trump bias within the ranks of the FBI and Justice Department. Rep. Steve King asserted on Fox News Tuesday that "what will be disclosed is that there was no basis for these FISA Warrants, that the important information was kept from the court, there's going to be a disproportionate influence of the dossier".
"The things that have been found over the last couple of weeks about text messages back and forth are a disgrace to our nation", he said, adding: "I think it's a good thing because we should open it up for people to see".
"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies", Warner said.
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Fox News contributor and former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) said on Tuesday that unless both parties come up with a specific name to redact from the documents soon, "the clock is ticking" on their release.
Others warn the consequences are likely to be far reaching, not because of the information in the declassified documents but because of the sources and methods that may be exposed.
Per Trump's order, the documents to be declassified also include the full Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews (called 302s) with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and all Federal Bureau of Investigation reports of interviews that had been prepared in connection with all other applications to surveil Carter Page.
"It is especially unprecedented considering that the FISAs have already gone through declassification review and the president is overruling the judgments of his subordinates to require expanded disclosure".
According to the statement, Trump declassified 21 pages of the 101-page June 2017 application to renew a warrant obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.
Andrew McCabe's book is set to be released in December.