Andrew McCabe is planning to release his own Trump book

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

The documents include parts of the secret application to the court overseeing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that led to the monitoring of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and which ultimately resulted in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump on Monday directed the Justice Department to declassify and release the text messages of former FBI Director James Comey and others about the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Additionally, the US President urged the release of text messages, sent or received by ex-FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired previous year.

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'". "Let's bring the full truth to light, while protecting sources and methods, and allow the American people to judge for themselves".

For months Trump's allies in Congress have worked to supply documentation to back up the president's insistence that the Russian Federation probe is a "witch hunt", while the Justice Department has fought to withhold information that might damage the ongoing probe.

So too were Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who have come under scrutiny for messages they exchanged that were critical of Trump.

He has said he believes he was politically targeted because he corroborated former FBI Director James Comey's claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russian Federation probe.

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"What I want is total transparency", the president said. On Fox New's Sean Hannity show Page said it was "so incredibly stupid to begin with".

But experts say that the decision may expose sensitive sources and methods and brush up against privacy law protections.

"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".

Trump directed the DOJ and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to release the documents. The White House said the order was for "reasons of transparency" and at the request of several committees in Congress.

The FBI earlier released in heavily redacted format 412 pages of surveillance applications and court orders related to Page.

Andrew McCabe's book is set to be released in December.

"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".

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