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  • FBI’s 37 secret pages of memos about Russia, Clintons and Uranium One

    10/01/2018 3:05:19 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/01/18 | JOHN SOLOMON
    Eight years after its informant uncovered criminal wrongdoing inside Russia’s nuclear industry, the FBI has identified 37 pages of documents that might reveal what agents told the Obama administration, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others about the controversial Uranium One deal. There’s just one problem: The FBI claims it must keep the memos secret from the public. Their excuses for the veil of nondisclosure range from protecting national security and law enforcement techniques to guarding the privacy of individual Americans and the ability of agencies to communicate with each other. Sound familiar? It’s a lot like the initial reasons...
  • Mr. President, tear down the wall hiding those FISA abuses

    09/27/2018 9:58:16 PM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/2018 | ADMIN
    Every president faces moments where the risks and rewards are uncertain. Perhaps public sentiments are fuzzy, advisers are risk-adverse, or the enemy seems poised to pounce. In those moments, a president is left to rely on gut instinct. Ronald Reagan did it at the Berlin Wall. Bill Clinton did it with the Rose Garden handshake between the PLO’s Yasser Arafat and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin. And George W. Bush did it when he grabbed the bullhorn and mounted the smoking pile of rubble at Ground Zero. Donald Trump faces such a decision: whether to declassify the documents showing what the FBI...
  • Christopher Steele, MI6, and the Trump Dossier -- Update

    09/23/2018 12:00:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/23/18 | Lee Cary
    “How did they [Britain, Australia] get access to the FISA documents that Congress and the American people have not been given?” Back on February 23, 2018, the CFP posted an article entitled “Christopher Steele, MI6, and the Trump Dossier.” The post closed as follows: “Today, the public narrative of Christopher Steele’s association with the Trump Dossier reads like this:
  • Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Encourages Deep State to Defy President Trump’s Declassification Order

    09/19/2018 1:49:58 PM PDT · by detective · 119 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 19, 2018 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Deep State is in an obvious panic mode since President Donald Trump ordered a number of documents relating to the Russia investigation be declassified. Joining the loud choir of those who are pushing for insubordination against the president is former CIA Director John Brennan. Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday, Brennan urged people in the intelligence community to ignore the president’s order. The former CIA head was stripped of his security clearance by Trump in August for his bizarre behavior.
  • Trump Backs Off Public Release of Documents in Russia Probe

    09/21/2018 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 171 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/21/18 | Byron Tau
    WASHINGTON—President Trump postponed the declassification and release of sensitive documents related to the investigation into his campaign’s links to Russian election interference, saying the matter would go to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog for further investigation. In a Friday morning tweet, Mr. Trump said the inspector general of the Justice Department would “review these documents on an expedited basis,” backing away from a previously announced plan to make public a secret surveillance warrant and the text messages of top law-enforcement officials. “I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated...
  • declassification of unredacted documents ordered by President Trump

    09/20/2018 10:52:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/18 | Rick Hayes
    Declassification of unredacted documents ordered by President Trump “Lawless are they that make their will their law.” —William Shakespeare For over a year the DOJ and FBI obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into obtaining the application for a FISA warrant involving ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page and went so far as to ignore a subpoena. After the committee finally saw the application and uncovered irregularities, the DOJ and FBI flatly refused to furnish requested unredacted documents regarding provenance and quality of the information used to obtain the FISA warrant and the June 2017 FISA warrant application renewal signed by...
  • SARA CARTER: DOJ/FBI Colluding to Defy Trump Declassification Order – Will Deliver Docs ..

    09/19/2018 10:19:17 PM PDT · by bitt · 112 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 9/19/2018 | Christina Laila
    Investigative reporter Sara Carter told Lou Dobbs Wednesday evening that sources told her the DOJ and FBI will defy President Trump’s declassification order and deliver the Carter Page FISA docs and other records related to the Russia probe to the White House next week WITH REDACTIONS. On Monday, President Trump went scorched earth and ordered an immediate declassification of Carter Page FISA docs. Trump also ordered the DOJ to publicly release all text messages WITHOUT REDACTION relating to the Russia investigation from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.
  • Gohmert: Dems Fighting Declassification ‘to Protect the Guilty;’ Rosenstein Has ‘Strong Motive’...

    09/19/2018 11:12:31 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 19, 2018 | 12:16 PM EDT | Craig Bannister
    FULL TITLE: Gohmert: Dems Fighting Declassification ‘to Protect the Guilty;’ Rosenstein Has ‘Strong Motive’ to Suppress The reason Democrats and the Justice Department (DOJ) are resisting President Donald Trump’s order to declassify certain Russia investigation documents is that they want to “protect the guilty,” Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Tuesday. “The reason for the delay has been to protect the guilty,” Gohmert told Fox Business Host Lou Dobbs. “The names are being redacted, things are being redacted to protect the guilty. So, that’s the reason that they’re being redacted. That’s the reason they’re being slow to uncover these things.” History...
  • GEN Michael Hayden: 'Getting close' to intelligence community revolt

    09/19/2018 10:42:27 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 150 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 19 SEP 2018 | Daniel Chaitin
    "Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said "it's getting close" to the time President Trump's intelligence agency leaders stand up to their boss about his declassification order and quit if he doesn't back down." ""Sooner or later, we will come to a point for what the president demands is so egregious ... that the right thing for them to do, to signal the alarm, to send up the flare is to say if you want this done, Mr. President, it will have to be done by somebody else," Hayden said Wednesday morning on CNN."
  • Gregg Jarrett: If Rod Rosenstein defies Trump's order to declassify documents, he should be fired

    09/19/2018 1:06:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2018 | Gregg Jarrett
    President Trump has ordered that numerous documents involving the Russia investigation be declassified. The records have long been sought by Congress under lawful subpoenas. Yet, the FBI and Department of Justice have consistently obstructed the release of these materials under the guise of “classified” secrets. This is a convenient alibi all too frequently employed to cover-up wrongdoing and abuse of authority by those we entrust to uphold the law. These days, overzealous government officials automatically designate nearly all matters as national security risks, regardless of whether they truly are. Whenever the FBI orders Chinese take-out, it is labeled “top secret”...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency

    09/18/2018 6:20:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/18/2018 | JOHN SOLOMON AND BUCK SEXTON
    President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a “hoax,” and that exposing it could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency. “What we’ve done is a great service to the country, really,” Trump said in a 45-minute, wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office. “I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I’ve done… in its own way this might be the most important thing...
  • Democrats Make Last-ditch Effort To Block Trump Declassification

    09/18/2018 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 81 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 09/18/2018
    Leading congressional Democrats are looking to stall the process to release documents related to the Russia investigation, which President Donald Trump ordered declassified on Monday. Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mark Warner, sent a letter Tuesday asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to provide an “immediate briefing” to the Gang of Eight before declassifying and releasing the documents. The four Democrats expressed “profound alarm” at Trump’s order to declassify the records. Trump ordered the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National...
  • Pelosi/Schumer/Schiff/Warner order intel agencies to ignore declassify until they are consulted

    09/18/2018 6:36:25 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 247 replies
    Showdown? In letter, Pelosi/Schumer/Schiff/Warner order intel agencies to ignore presidential order on declassification until consulting with Congres
  • Trump approves document declassification and release.

    09/17/2018 2:42:28 PM PDT · by TheLurkerX · 13 replies
    At the request of a number of committees of 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 provide 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 Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications. In...
  • President Orders Declassification of FISA warrants, etc.

    09/17/2018 2:41:58 PM PDT · by grayboots · 198 replies
    The White House ^ | 9/17/2018 | Press Secretary
    At the request of a number of committees of 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 provide 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 Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications. In...
  • White House Lawyers Reviewing The Declassification Conundrum…

    09/12/2018 6:54:59 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 9/11/2018 | SUNDANCE
    Finally we are starting to see articles outlining the actual reality of the issues behind the congressional declassification request, and the challenges for President Trump. Last week we outlined “The Classification Conundrum“, it is complex. If you have reviewed the prior outline today’s expanded and specific follow-up will make more sense. The congressional request is for President Trump to declassify and release the Carter Page FISA applications (including specifically pages 10-12 and 17-34 and relevant footnotes), all of the Bruce Ohr 302s and other relevant documents, including exculpatory evidence regarding Carter Page and others, that were presented to the Gang...
  • BREAKING: House Chairman Asks Paul Ryan To Declassify All DOJ And FBI ‘Trump Dossier’ Docs

    01/09/2018 4:05:47 PM PST · by mojito · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2018 | Richard Pollack
    Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis asked Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Tuesday to declassify all of the Department of Justice and FBI’s Trump dossier files, The Caller News Foundation has learned. DeSantis, the chairman of the House Oversight subcommittee on National Security, formally asked Ryan in a letter to invoke Rule X in order to declassify all documents obtained by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Under House rules, the speaker of the House acts as an ex-officio member of any select committee, which includes the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Under Rule X, the speaker...
  • Obama orders creation of declassification center (WHAT?)

    12/29/2009 7:33:02 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 163 replies · 6,212+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/29/09 | Michael D. Shear
    President Obama created by executive order Tuesday a National Declassification Center to oversee efforts to make once-secret government documents public. The order comes as part of Obama's promise to push government to err on the side of disclosure as it tackles the need to keep certain information from the public. In a post on the White House blog, William H. Leary, the senior director of records and access management at the National Security Council, writes that the effort is aimed at shifting the burden of defending secrecy to the government.
  • The Declassification Policy Forum

    06/29/2009 12:54:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 431+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | Monday, June 29, 2009, 1:14 am | Posted by Jesse Lee
    Quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG MONDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2009 AT 1:14 AM The Declassification Policy Forum Posted by Jesse Lee Over at the Open Government blog, Martin Faga, Acting Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, invites you to be a part of the review of declassification policy. Read his introductory post, then read Board Member Herbert Briick’s outline of the kinds of questions they will be looking into and give them your input.
  • THE AGENDA - FOREIGN POLICY

    03/02/2009 6:17:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 304+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | Unknown | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/foreign_policy/ THE AGENDA • FOREIGN POLICY THE AGENDA FOREIGN POLICY President Obama and Vice President Biden will renew America’s security and standing in the world through a new era of American leadership. The Obama-Biden foreign policy will end the war in Iraq responsibly, finish the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, secure nuclear weapons and loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and renew American diplomacy to support strong alliances and to seek a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Afghanistan and Pakistan Afghanistan: Obama and Biden will refocus American resources on...