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Trump Orders Russia Investigation Documents Be Declassified
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49143"><span class="small">Adam Goldman, The New York Times</span></a>   
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 08:33

Goldman writes: "President Trump ordered law enforcement and intelligence officials to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation and other inquiries, White House officials said on Monday, the latest instance of the president siding with Republican allies on Capitol Hill over federal law enforcement."

President Trump ordered the declassification of documents related to the Russia investigation and to Bruce G. Ohr, center, a Justice Department official. (photo: Erin Schaff/NYT)
President Trump ordered the declassification of documents related to the Russia investigation and to Bruce G. Ohr, center, a Justice Department official. (photo: Erin Schaff/NYT)


Trump Orders Russia Investigation Documents Be Declassified

By Adam Goldman, The New York Times

18 September 18

 

resident Trump ordered law enforcement and intelligence officials to declassify documents related to the Russia investigation and other inquiries, White House officials said on Monday, the latest instance of the president siding with Republican allies on Capitol Hill over federal law enforcement.

Mr. Trump decided to declassify text messages about the Russia inquiry from a handful of law enforcement officials, summaries of interviews in the case and documents related to the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide investigated for his links to Russia. For months, Mr. Trump and some of his most fervent congressional supporters have clamored for the material’s release against the protests of the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

The move is all but certain to further deteriorate Mr. Trump’s relationship with law enforcement officials. As part of their monthslong attacks on the Russia investigation, the president and his allies have accused law enforcement officials of improperly obtaining a secret warrant to wiretap the campaign adviser, Carter Page. Little evidence has emerged to back the Republicans’ assertions, and Democrats have accused them in return of politicizing a legitimate inquiry with major national security implications.

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-4 # Anne Frank 2018-09-18 10:10
" the latest instance of the president siding with Republican allies on Capitol Hill over federal law enforcement."
Nonsense. It is an instance of the duly elected president siding with the American people in their right to know the truth over the cynical scheme of the neoconservative deep state to sow hatred on behalf of war profiteers.
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2018-09-18 13:09
Quoting Anne Frank:
" the latest instance of the president siding with Republican allies on Capitol Hill over federal law enforcement."
Nonsense. It is an instance of the duly elected president siding with the American people in their right to know the truth over the cynical scheme of the neoconservative deep state to sow hatred on behalf of war profiteers.

- or else maybe it's just fuelish?

now we all have to read about golden showers, i suppose?
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-18 18:35
Yes, we have a right to know what these assholes in the FBI/DOJ/CIA were doing. We've got the tip of the iceberg and we want the rest.

I just marvel at the proles who like this author are saying, "oh, don't tell me anything. I don't want to know. I trust the FBI with my life. I'm just a little man. I don't deserve to know." That's how democracies die.
 
 
-7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-18 10:50
Wow. it is hard to imagine a more biased news story.

Trump has been very slow to declassify anything. He's protected the DOJ and FBI which does not want to release files that show evidence of criminal activity on the part of FBI and DOJ personnel.

The FISA warrant application was certainly based on the Steele dossier and the FBI/DOJ knew that it was a political oppo research document, not "intelligence." This may have been a deliberate fraud against a federal court -- a serious felony.

Congress has oversight responsibility for the FBI and DOJ. Getting these documents is part of their job. They have also called for a Special Prosecutor to look into the origins of the Russiagate investigation. Sessions has refused. Trump has allowed the DOJ to skate on this one.

The NYT is no longer a "News" paper. It is part of a spin machine. For example,

" have accused law enforcement officials of improperly obtaining a secret warrant to wiretap the campaign adviser, Carter Page. Little evidence has emerged to back the Republicans’ assertions."

First of all an accusation is the start of an investigation, based on "probable cause," not on full evidence which comes at the end. But in fact, there is already mountains of evidence that the Trump campaign was "wiretapped" by means of the Page warrant.

The NYT is playing its readers for idiots, suggesting that they don't know anything about what went on. But we read many more sources than the NYT and we do know.
 
 
+3 # Caliban 2018-09-18 12:33
Rodion Trumpophile strikes again -- with plenty of half-baked accusations but no evidence in sight.

Personally, I am glad to see more information released to the public so those of us on the "outside" can make judgements based on a certain amount of "insider" information -- the supposed "politics" of the situation notwithstanding .
 
 
+2 # dbrize 2018-09-18 12:21
The inimitable James Howard Kunstler:
Better writing, more entertainingly accurate take on things.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/monsters-all-the-way-down/