“I have a separate worry, which is institutional, and I really hope the Department of Justice and the FBI look at this closely,” Comey, a harsh Trump critic, continued. “You don’t want to do anything in disclosing information that’s connected to an intelligence investigation that would either screw up pending investigations or send a message to future sources that we can’t be trusted to protect you.”
Trump explained he wanted “total transparency” in regard to the Russia investigation, though the move is likely to further inflame tensions between the President and intelligence and law enforcement officials.
Comey added while he’s not sure what Trump is hoping to accomplish in declassifying FBI messages, he’s confident the information that will be released will show the agency acted as it’s supposed to.
“At every turn I’ve seen Republicans on the Hill and the President saying the next revelation will show that the FBI acted in a bad way, and each revelation shows that the FBI conducted itself as I know we did, in a professional routine — upholding the rule of law at every turn.”