Trump declassifies Russia investigation documents, keeps some secrets

President Donald J. Trump signs H.R. 133, a consolidated appropriations Act for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2021, Sunday evening Dec. 27, 2020, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. The consolidated appropriations Act will provide $2.3 trillion for coronavirus stimulus and government funding. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered the declassification of a binder of FBI documents relating to the Trump campaign investigation by the bureau and Russia.

Trump said in a statement via the White House that he approved FBI requests to keep some of the details confidential.

President Trump wrote in the memo: “This is my final determination under the declassification review and I have directed the Attorney General to implement the redactions proposed in the FBI’s January 17 submission and return to the White House an appropriately redacted copy,” according to The Hill.

The document states that acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen “has conducted an appropriate review to ensure that materials provided in the binder may be disclosed by the White House in accordance with applicable law.”

It is certain that the declassification order will appease some Trump supporters who have long called for documents relating to the FBI’s Trump campaign probe to be released.

It is unclear exactly when the documents will be released to the public.

Trump said that the Justice Department provided him with a binder full of documents on Dec. 30, 2020 that had not been previously released to Congress or the public.

He said that the FBI issued a letter on Jan. 17 stating its “continued objection to any further declassification of the materials in the binder.” Trump said he accepted the FBI’s request for the continued classification of some of the materials.

Trump said that the attorney general has conducted a review to ensure that all of the redactions of classified information have been applied and that they are legally allowed to be disclosed by the White House.

On July 31, 2016, the FBI opened an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. The office relied heavily on a dossier compiled by a former British spy funded by the campaign by the DNC and Clinton.

The Daily Caller reports:

Christopher Steele, the former spy, alleged that the Trump campaign was part of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information to obtain warrants to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

An investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller ultimately determined that there was no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump team and Russia, debunking the dossier’s central claim.

Republicans have for several years called for the release of FBI documents related to the dossier and to Crossfire Hurricane, the name of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

The GOP effort has forced the Justice Department and FBI to release some documents related to the dossier.

One batch of documents declassified in July 2020 showed that Steele’s primary source of information for the dossier, a Russia analyst named Igor Danchenko, undercut several aspects of the dossier.

Clinton, Pelosi blasted by left for continuing to push ‘Russiagate’

Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are facing backlash from their own side of the aisle over their ongoing pursuit to find any ties between President Trump and Russia, according to Fox News.

Clinton suggested, in an interview with the House speaker that aired on her podcast “You and Me Both”, that her 2016 rival had “other agendas” while serving as president and predicted that the truth will eventually be known.

“I hope, historically, we will find out who he’s beholden to, who pulls his strings. I would love to see his phone records to see if he was talking to [Russian Presidenti Vladimir] Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” Clinton said.

The former secretary of state then asked Pelosi if she agreed with setting up a “9/11-type commission” to investigate “everything” that happened.

“I do,” Pelosi quickly responded, before reiterating her belief that “all roads lead to Putin” when it comes to President Trump.

“I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world,” the speaker said. “And these people, unbeknownst to them, are Putin puppets.”

Clinton shared the exchange on Twitter, writing: “.@SpeakerPelosi and I agree: Congress needs to establish an investigative body like the 9/11 Commission to determine Trump’s ties to Putin so we can repair the damage to our national security and prevent a puppet from occupying the presidency ever again.”

While Clinton and Pelosi’s Trump-Russia obsession had conservative critics howling on social media, many on the left also piled on.

“Jesus they are still #Russiagate-ing,” Status Coup co-founder Jordan Chariton reacted.

“What if I told you not everything is about Russia,” progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski wrote.

“She might want to be careful advocating for Big Tech to slow the spread of conspiracy theories, her podcast might get suppressed,” The Intercept DC bureau chief Ryan Grim warned Clinton.

“Remember when Mueller spent 18 months and millions of dollars armed with a team of prosecutors and subpoena power, then closed his investigation after arresting *zero* Americans for conspiring with Russia? Let’s do it again! Anything to distract from how rotted neoliberalism is,” journalist Glenn Greenwald said. 

“lol they’re never going to give up on Trump/Russia even after 4+ hyper-obsessive years, a full Special Counsel investigation, endless Congressional inquiries, and now even after he’s relegated to exile in Mar-a-Lago,” journalist Michael Tracey similarly wrote. 

“A violent mob of AMERICAN right wing extremists stormed the Capitol at the encouragement of Trump and other Republican leaders, not Putin. What happened is serious and dangerous, why are Democrats this obsessed with making it about Putin while missing the real threat?” Soapbox host Rania Khalek wondered. 

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