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.”
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.”
“In a pair of tweets Friday, Trump explained his decision this way:”
“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.”
“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.
“That in itself amounted to significant institutional resistance to an order from the president, who is the ultimate declassification authority.”
“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.”
“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. ”