By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:01 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 14:05 BST, 3 May 2019
President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that it's likely former FBI Director James Comey led an effort to spy on his campaign in 2016.
And he told a Fox News Channel interviewer that he intends to declassify documents related to controversial surveillance warrants 'pretty soon.'
White House officials have vented both publicly and privately for more than a year about warrants the Obama Justice Department obtained from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to monitor Carter Page, then a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.
The president signaled Friday morning that a reckoning was near.
'Finally, Mainstream Media is getting involved - too “hot” to avoid,' he tweeted, citing a front-page New York Times story about 'effort to spy on Trump Campaign.'
'Pulitzer Prize anyone? ... This is bigger than WATERGATE, but the reverse!' the president wrote.
He didn't set a firm timetable on Fox News for declassifying the materials related to the FISA warrants, saying he would do it 'soon, I mean whenever they need it.'
'I will be declassifying, yes.' he said. 'Everything.'
Trump made a point of blasting Comey, who called him 'amoral' in a New York Times op-ed this week.
'Comey leaked and he lied. He lied in front to Congress,' he said, renewing themes that are now nearly as old as his presidency.
And the FBI director who he fired two years ago likely was in charge of scooping up intelligence aimed at preventing his victory, he claimed.