President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to call out the Justice Department for “slow walking” the release of certain “un-redacted” documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee.
And while Trump’s tweets are sure to prompt more unhinged calls from the left of obstruction of justice, they did pique the curiosity of many Americans over exactly what documents he is talking about.
The president tweeted: “Lawmakers of the House Judiciary Committee are angrily accusing the Department of Justice of missing the Thursday Deadline for turning over UNREDACTED Documents relating to FISA abuse, FBI, Comey, Lynch, McCabe, Clinton Emails and much more. Slow walking – what is going on? BAD!”
Trump followed up on the first tweet with a second asking what the DOJ and FBI, now under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “have to hide?”
“What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide? Why aren’t they giving the strongly requested documents (unredacted) to the HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE? Stalling, but for what reason? Not looking good!”
As for what these mysterious documents are, Law & Crime pointed to a Wall Street Journal editorial published Friday as a possible answer.
Titled “A Broken FBI Promise,” the piece commented on a report Thursday that the DOJ and FBI missed a deadline “to provide congressional investigators with various documents related to the FBI’s decision-making during the 2016 general election,” Law & Crime’s Colin Kalmbacher noted.
The editorial opened with the observation that FBI Director Christopher Wray “released a statement saying he was unhappy with how the bureau was responding to ‘legitimate congressional requests’ for information—and promised a ‘transparent and responsive’ FBI. But already both the FBI and the Justice Department are back to their old tricks.”
Kalmbacher offered a description of what he believes are the documents in question, which makes it a little more understandable why some holdovers in the DOJ may be nervous about releasing them.
“As for the documents themselves?” he wrote. “They run the gamut of Trumpian and conservative bugbears and are believed to include information regarding the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, much-rumored abuses of the country’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (‘FISA’) and its concomitant secret court, and possibly even details on the unceremonious firing of Andrew McCabe.”
Heaven bid the American people learn exactly what was going on during the Obama administration.