Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said President Trump was right to order the declassification of a number of key documents connected with the FBI's investigation of alleged Russian collusion with members of his campaign team.

After ordering the declassification on Monday, Trump on Friday agreed to delay the release of key files related to the Russia investigation, asking the Justice Department inspector general to review the documents on an “expedited basis” amid concerns their publication may have a “negative impact” on the probe.

The documents Trump ordered declassified include a renewed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page and text messages from former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

"I haven't seen the documents, but I do know that they will likely reveal what was hidden from the FISA court," Gaetz said on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Friday.


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He said it is "deeply troubling" if the FBI and Justice Department were purposefully hiding information from the FISA court that would have been embarrassing to top intelligence officials.

"I think it goes to how motivated some of these people were to undermine Donald Trump, both before and after his election," Gaetz said.

He said both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about people using "political dirt" as a basis to spy on their political opponents.

"That should trouble all of us. That's why we need to turn all the cards face up, and then hopefully have bipartisan reform," Gaetz said.

He added that he hopes Trump sees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe for what it is: "an unfair attempt to erode the legitimacy of his presidency, built on a rotten foundation."

Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.


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