declassiﬁcation request, consistent with established standards governing the handling of classified information, including those under Section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526. Those standards permit declassiﬁcation when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Ofﬁce of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice. Consistent with this review and these standards, the President has determined that declassiﬁcation of the Memorandum is appropriate.
Based on this assessment and in light of the signiﬁcant public interest in the memorandum, the President has authorized the declassiﬁcation of the Memorandum. To be clear, the Memorandum reﬂects the judgments of its congressional authors. The President understands that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing. Though the circumstances leading to the declassiﬁcation through this process are extraordinary, the Executive Branch stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards and processes, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.
Donald F. McGahn II
Counsel to the President