President Trump backs Down On Demanding De-classification/ Release Of Intelligence Data

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The republican President Donald Trump had been asking for sensitive intelligence material related to the FBI’s Trump- Russia probe to be made public, based on advice he had been given from FOX TV News pundits like Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Ferris Pirro. Fortunately, this time he is backing down from demanding the release of classified data based on the backlash he has incurred from the Intelligence Community agencies.

As per NBC News,  “(President ) Trump sought to release documents that had been demanded by conservative Republican House members, including Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who said in a Sept. 13 speech the disclosure was important to help Republicans win the fall election.”

President Trump had been willing to compromise the US national security interests in order to uncover any possible wrong doing by the FBI and the US Department of Justice officials in issuing warrants related to the FBI’s Trump-Russia inquiry being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, even though the likelihood of discovering anything amiss along these lines is almost non-existent, except in the minds of conservative conspiracy minded pundits, like those on FOX TV.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On September 21, 2018, Ken Dilanian of of NBC News penned the following report, “Trump surrenders on demand for declassification of Russia probe docs” (“Trump’s surrender came after widespread outrage among law enforcement and intelligence officials.”)


“President Trump has backed down from his demand that his intelligence agencies  immediately release sensitive documents related to the Russia investigation, bowing to protests from inside his Justice Department and to concerns raised by foreign partners.”

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“In a pair of tweets Friday, Trump explained his decision this way:”

“I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. Therefore, the Inspector General has been asked to review these documents on an expedited basis. I believe he will move quickly on this (and hopefully other things which he is looking at). In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary. Speed is very important to me — and everyone!”

“A senior Justice Department official said the inspector general had already been reviewing the documents as part of his ongoing investigation of how the FBI is handling the Russia probe, not for purposes of making them public. All plans to release the documents have been halted for now, the official said.”

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“Trump’s surrender came after widespread outrage among law enforcement and intelligence officials in response to a Monday press release saying that he had directed agencies to “provide for the immediate declassification” of the secret documents relating to a surveillance warrant, and also text messages sent by former FBI officials who have been the target of Trump’s ire.

Trump sought to release documents that had been demanded by conservative Republican House members, including Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who said in a Sept. 13 speech the disclosure was important to help Republicans win the fall election.

“The Justice Department, FBI and Director of National Intelligence responded to the verbal order (to release documents that had been demanded by conservative Republican ‘Freedom Caucus’ House members), by initiating what they called a declassification process, under which the documents would be carefully reviewed. Officials said they reserved the right to object to the release of certain documents, many of which are extremely sensitive.”

“That in itself amounted to significant institutional resistance to an order from the president, who is the ultimate declassification authority.”

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“Trump had directed the government to declassify about 20 pages of a highly sensitive application for surveillance against Carter Page, a one-time Trump foreign policy aide.”

“He also ordered the agencies to publicly release, in full, all text messages relating to the Russia investigation of former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and current Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, a Russian organized crime expert. Those are all people Trump has criticized as out to get him. All had Top Secret clearances granting them access to sensitive government secrets.”
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“Appearing on Fox Friday morning before Trump stood down, Nunes complained that Trump’s order was not being followed.”

“The president said immediate declassification of all of this information, with no redactions,” he said. Immediate with no redactions. That was on Monday. Today, is Friday. We have nothing. Who’s covering it up? DOJ and the FBI, the same people who we have been having-had to walk through stonewall after stonewall to get this information.”

“On Fox last night, Trump alluded to the protests against his decision.”

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“He said, “We are moving along, we’re working along. We are also dealing with foreign countries that do have a problem. I must tell you. I got called today from two very good allies saying, ‘Please, can we talk.’ It is not as simple as all of that. We do have to respect their wishes. But it will all come out. ”

“Intelligence officials said they could recall no precedent for a president seeking to release documents about a pending criminal investigation that law enforcement officials wanted to remain secret — let alone documents involving an investigation of the president himself.”


  1. Gronda, if someone is going to take advice from Sean Hannity and Fox and Friends over that of a very advanced intelligence system, then he deserves every bit of criticism he gets. He is saying their is a “stench” in the Justice Department. Mr. President, that stench is within the walls of the White House, primarily in your tweeting bedroom. Keith

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  2. Dear Keith,

    You said it. That stinky fish smell is emanating from the White House where the stench is only getting worse. That stench will only disappear when President Trump and his ilk leave the White House.

    Hugs, Gronda


  3. I just have this image of a very long rickety dam leaking in several places and Trump screaming at his underlings to do something about it.
    Either that or turning his back and saying it’s not leaking.

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  4. Dear Roger,

    Either tactic is in President Trump’s playbook. You’re becoming Americanized enough to where you can predict what he is likely to do in any given circumstance as anyone on this side of the pond.

    Hugs, Gronda


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