Speaking to reporters on Friday before he left the White House for a trip to Japan, President Donald Trump expanded on what the Justice Department’s investigation into the Russia probe into his campaign will look like.
“They’ll be able to see how this hoax, how this witch hunt started, why it started. It was an attempted coup or an attempted takedown of the President of the United States,” Trump said. The president has given Attorney General William Barr permission to declassify any documents related to the intelligence community’s investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump said Democrats have shown through their extreme rhetoric and their various subpoenas and accusations of obstruction of justice that they want a “redo” of the Mueller investigation.
“It’s over. There is no redo. They lost,” the president said. He went on to promise that the American people will “learn a lot” as the Justice Department heads into its investigation.
“You’ll learn a lot. I hope it’s going to be nice, but perhaps it won’t be,” said Trump. He added that he and the Justice Department are “exposing everything.”
“We’re exposing everything,” Trump said. “We’re being – a word that you [the press] like – ‘transparent.’”
As for his trip to Japan, Trump tweeted that he was headed there partly to discuss trade.
“Departed the @WhiteHouse and am now on Air Force One with the First Lady heading to Japan and looking forward to honoring, on behalf of the United States, His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. I will also be discussing Trade and Military with my friend, Prime Minister @AbeShinzo,” the president tweeted.
Trump’s words on the Justice Department’s investigation come after a Thursday evening announcement to declassify documents related to the Russia probe as the Justice Department conducts its investigation.
“Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” read a public statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
It continued, “the Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.”
The announcement ended by promising that the decision will help Americans to “learn the truth.”
“Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” it read.
The president seems rather excited about the investigation. Following his recent comments to the press, Trump tweeted a political cartoon that featured former FBI Director James Comey, former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency all pointing fingers at one another in a hilarious blame game.
Check out the cartoon below:
Comey has responded to Trump’s investigation and said he is not worried. He also said Trump’s accusations of “spying” and “treason” against him and the intelligence community are “disgraceful.”
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