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Why did Trump just reverse himself on declassifying Russian investigation documents?



Why did Trump just reverse himself on declassifying Russian investigation documents

Republicans cheered and hashtagged #DrainTheSwamp on Monday when President Trump issued an order to declassify key documents in the Russian investigation.

Trump’s FISA declassification order aims to expose bias and hypocrisy in FBI investigation the request of a number of committees in Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to prove for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russian investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

By Friday, the President was Tweeting a different story:

None of this really makes any sense. Notice he first said, “I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification…”

Shouldn’t he have met with the DOJ before issuing the order? That would make more sense.

The second part is more concerning. Apparently “key allies” called and asked him not to release. This has happened in the past with the climate accords, Iran deal, travel ban; the President’s phone blows up every time he makes a decision. Considering this all has to do with a foreign nation meddling in OUR election and the way the executive branch at the time handled the situation, I really can’t see the President backing down at the request of allies.

This leaves the last portion, getting the documents reviewed by the Inspector General and a note that he “can always declassify if it proves necessary.” Why order them to be declassified in the first place if they weren’t necessary now? What has really changed since Monday?

A move that was heralded as an attack on the deep state has now been Tweeted out of existence. It seems the swamp has struck again.

Interestingly, Sean Hannity opened with a Brett Kavanaugh question before bringing up the declassification order when he interviewed the President last night. It seemed even then that the backpedaling had begun.


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