"When the President issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House Counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America's national security interests", the statement said.
The documents to be declassified also include 12 Federal Bureau of Investigation reports on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and all Federal Bureau of Investigation reports of interviews prepared in connection with all other applications to surveil Carter Page.
But leading Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees panned Trump's decision to declassify "selective" pieces of information that, without broader context, could undermine public faith in the ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and whether the president has obstructed that investigation.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that McCabe's forthcoming memoir, already titled "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump", will recount "a series of troubling, contradictory, and often freakish conversations" McCabe reportedly had with "Trump and other high officials that led him to believe the 'actions of this President and his administration undermine the FBI and the entire intelligence community'".
According to the redacted version, three of the declassified pages involve information included in a section titled "The Russian Government's Coordinated Efforts to Influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election".
Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify as part of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in Washington, Sept. 26, 2017.
And the No. 3 Republican in the House, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, tweeted that Trump made the right call.
However, Republicans have called on Trump to release documents related to the Robert Mueller's probe for weeks, despite not knowing what the material actually contains.
Finally, Trump directed the Justice Department to release, without redactions, text messages relating to the Russian Federation probe from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other officials, including FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Ohr is accused of having improper communications with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who provided the FBI the unverified Trump dossier before he was terminated as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the press.
"This is not just Democrats on the Intelligence Committee saying that", Schiff said.
In addition to the FISA-related material, "about a dozen Bruce Ohr 302s" will also be declassified, Nunes went on to say.
"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies", Warner said. It was an application to the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which grants secret national security surveillance warrants.
Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows added that with the president's action, "transparency wins".
But Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Trump's decision a "clear abuse of power" meant to advance a "false narrative" to help in his defense from Mueller's probe.
But the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee criticized Trump's move. "Finally, there's exculpatory information that the president has ordered declassified", he explained.