President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to declassify and release all documents related to the FBI’s surveillance of his 2016 election campaign, including the FISA application used to spy on Carter Page. He further explained why he’s waited so long to finally declassify the documents.
“Everything is going to be declassified and more, much more than what you just mentioned,” he said on Fox News’ “Hannity” after being asked by host Sean Hannity whether he would declassify certain documents, including the FISA application. “It will all be declassified.”
He added that the timing is perfect given as special counsel Robert Mueller’s unfruitful investigation into alleged Russian collusion just formally concluded weeks earlier.
“I’m glad I waited because I thought that maybe they would obstruct if I did it early, and I think I was right,” he said. “Now the attorney general can take a very strong look at whatever it is. But it will be declassified and more than what you just mentioned.”
As for when exactly the documents will be declassified, former Fox News correspondent and current Sinclair investigative reporter James Rosen reported it’ll occur “in coming weeks.”
Some suspect it may occur in tandem with the release of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the alleged FISA abuses by the Obama DOJ.
While it remains unclear what Horowitz’s final report will say, retired U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova has repeatedly claimed that the findings will be so devastating to members of the Obama administration that many of them — including disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan will need to hire up to five lawyers.
Why? Because of the alleged role they played in allegedly using the fraudulent, Democrat-funded Steele dossier to obtain the aforementioned FISA warrant on Page.
“It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It was created knowingly by John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could to harm Donald Trump,” he said earlier this week on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle.”
“The problem for Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Baker and all of them now is that the FISA court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings, and their findings are that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI contractors, four of them, to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans, and to use it against the Republican Party.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the president already ordered “certain documents” to be declassified last year “that relate to the federal Russia investigation, the [FISA] process for obtaining spy authority against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from current and former officials who have been critics of Trump, including ex-FBI Director James Comey.”
“He also directed the declassification of all FBI reports of interviews, known as ‘302s,’ with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who served as an unofficial backchannel between the FBI and British former spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Trump dossier,” the outlet notes.
What remains unclear is how much of Steele’s fraudulent dossier was used to not only obtain a warrant on Page, but to also justify the launching of Mueller’s impotent collusion investigation.
As a reminder, during the 2016 presidential election then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton teamed up with the Democrat National Committee to pay a shady firm, Fusion GPS, to prepare a dossier of dirt on Trump. This firm in contracted British spy Christopher Steele to dig up the dirt. Steele in turn then allegedly reached out to his contacts within the Russian government. It was through them that the debunked pee tape conspiracy emerged.
The declassification of all documents related to the FBI’s surveillance efforts would go a long way toward clarifying how much of the dossier was used to justify what some have now termed the Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory. Granted, declassification wouldn’t be enough.
As noted by many, a full investigation is needed. Attorney General Bill Barr has for his part pledged to investigate the FBI’s surveillance operation to ensure that it was on the up and up. This has pleased the president, as evidenced by the tweet below:
….big, fat, waste of time, energy and money – $30,000,000 to be exact. It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason. This should never happen again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2019
The AG made it clear in statements made to the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this month that he believes “spying did occur” on Trump’s campaign and transition team — and that he intends to ensure that the spying was properly predicated and performed within the confines of the law.
“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016 and a lot has already been investigated…. by the office of the Inspector General, but one of the things I want to do is pull together all the information from the various investigations that have gone on, including on the Hill and in the Department,” he said.
“[T]he question is whether it was predicated – adequately predicated,” he added when pressed by Democrats over why he feels an investigation is necessary (they disagree). “I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that. I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane.”