One of the themes of 2019 will undoubtedly be transparency in government, particularly as it pertains to the entirety of the RussiaGate phenomenon.
The first instance in which we find ourselves clamoring for the truth was the release of the Mueller report – a 400+ page tome describing attempts by the Russian government to infiltrate our democracy.
While this offense certainly seems to be of the utmost importance to America, the Trump administration has been hamstrung by the continued push for Congress to receive an un-redacted version of the report, and has fought vehemently to put an end to the discussion.
This has a great many American freedom advocates hopping mad.
The Russia probe itself began under dubious circumstances, at least according to many within the intelligence community. That is why President Trump is fighting back by allowing the Attorney General to declassify a number of documents detailing the origins of the investigation.
He is predictably being met with some resistance.
Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it “outrageous.”
“I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies,” Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “And it’s unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what’s the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information… that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”
The belief among some republicans is that Donald Trump’s 2016 was “spied” on by the Barack Obama administration under the false pretenses of the dubious “Steele Dossier”.
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