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    The No. 3 Republican in the Senate said Sunday that he doesn't think a president can declassify documents simply by 'thinking about it' - after the former president made the bold claim in an interview last week. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democratic critic of Trump's who is investigating him on the January 6 select committee, put it even more bluntly: 'Those comments don't demonstrate much intelligence of any kind.' Trump's defense against accusations that he knowingly took classified documents from the White House when he left office last year raised eyebrows during an interview last week with Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity. He told the conservative host that the documents seized by the FBI during an unannounced search of his Mar-a-Lago mansion were declassified because he deemed them so with his mind. Senator Republican Conference Chair John Barrasso was asked about the claim during his own interview, with ABC News' This Week on Sunday. 'I've not heard that one before,' Barrasso told host George Stephanopoulos. 'I’ll tell you, in terms of national security documents, we have to always use...
    ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos cornered Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) into admitting he disagrees with Donald Trump’s claim he could declassify sensitive documents merely by thought. Speaking to Barrasso on Sunday for ABC’s This Week, Stephanopoulos asked the senator about the former president’s attempt to defend himself for keeping top secret documents at Mar-a-Lago. After repeatedly pushing his dubious claim that the Mar-a-Lago documents were declassified, Trump took his claims to a new level last week when he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday that presidents can declassify by just “thinking about it.” Trump’s claim has been dismissed by his fellow Republicans, and Stephanopoulos noted that the former president’s lawyers are struggling to make that claim in court. “Even his lawyers have provided no evidence that he declassified the documents,” Stephanopoulos said. Asked if he agrees with Trump’s claims about declassifying by thought, Barrasso answered “I’ve not heard that one before” before digressing in protest of the FBI’s search for the documents at Mar-a-Lago. “I don’t know anything about the rules for when a president declassifies documents and information,” he...
    JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Chris Christie chastised former President Donald Trump Thursday over his claim a day earlier a president is capable of declassifying documents simply by “thinking about it.” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday he was not in possession of any classified documents seized by the FBI at his home in August. Trump said he declassified all government documents at his residence. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it,” Trump claimed. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be,” he added. “You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified. I declassified everything.” The statement generated widespread mockery, and Christie –  a former Trump confidante – was no exception. The New York Post reported the former Republican governor of New Jersey spoke for an hour at a business convention in New York Thursday. “We have a former president of the United...
    Legal experts on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's claim that he could declassify secret national security documents with his mind. Trump in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity made a series of claims entirely untethered from reality while defending himself amid an FBI criminal investigation into classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence. Trump suggested that last month's FBI search of the property may have actually been in search of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. "There's also a lot of speculation, because of what they did, the severity of the FBI coming in, raiding Mar-a-Lago, were they looking for the Hillary Clinton emails that were deleted — but they are around someplace," Trump said. "Wait, you're not saying you had it?" Hannity interjected. "No, no, they may be saying — they may have thought that it was in there," Trump replied. "And a lot of people said that the only thing that would give the kind of severity that they showed by actually coming in and raiding with many, many people is the Hillary Clinton deal, the Russia...
    Sometimes a Donald Trump story comes along that is so dumb, every late-night comedy host can’t help but make way too many jokes about it. This Thursday was one of those nights. After Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity this week that, as president, he had the power to declassify documents just by “thinking about it,” the late-night pile-on came fast and furious. First out of the gate was The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who expressed deep skepticism that Trump could “declassify documents with his brain” when he couldn’t even “read documents with his brain.” He predicted that Trump would “plead Jedi” at the eventual trial and joked that it would “be the first time in his life that Trump has thought something and not said it out loud.” Seth Meyers used his “A Closer Look” segment to argue that Trump’s claim is a “shaky defense” because it requires you to believe that he’s capable of “thinking” at all. “I mean, even if it was true that the law said you could declassify something just by thinking about...
    (CNN)Several GOP senators raised new concerns Thursday about former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents, rejecting his claim that he could simply declassify the secret records by "thinking about it."In interviews with CNN, the senators broke from Trump's claim that everything was handled appropriately, diverging from many in the party who have sidestepped questions about the matter or have vigorously defended the former President.Asked about Trump's claim on Fox News that he could simply declassify documents by thinking about it and there's no process for him to follow to do that, Senate GOP Whip John Thune told CNN there's a process for declassifying documents. "And I think it ought to be adhered to and followed. And I think that should apply to anybody who has access to or deals with classified information," Thune said."I think the concern is about those being taken from the White House absent some way of declassifying them or the fact that there were classified documents removed — without sort of the appropriate safeguards," the South Dakota Republican continued, adding, "I think that is what...
    Donald Trump spoke with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel during a sit-down interview at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Sept. 21, 2022. (Image via screengrab.) Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday misstated national security law during an appearance from Mar-a-Lago on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel broadcast. That’s according to attorneys who regularly handle national security cases involving classified material. Among the topics Trump and Hannity discussed in the wide-ranging interview was an Aug. 8 raid on the very premises from which the broadcast emanated. Trump told Hannity that he didn’t personally pack any of the boxes that were shipped from the White House to Mar-a-Lago at the conclusion of his presidency. “It’s boxes and boxes of pictures, uh, newspaper articles, uh, tremend — even kitchen things,” Trump said of the material.  “You have tremendous amounts of different items. Much clothing. I mean, shirts and everything. Sports gear. So, all of this stuff . . . there were a lot of boxes for a lot of different things.” The conversation eventually turned to whether or not Trump attempted...
    Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that presidents don't necessarily have to conduct a formal process when it comes to declassifying documents. In fact, the former president claimed documents can be declassified “even by thinking about it.” During a recent interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump offered his take on the top-secret documents taken from the White House and transported to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. READ MORE: Team Trump refuses special master's order to list which Mar-a-Lago documents Trump 'declassified' “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Hannity. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it.” The former president went on to offer more context to his unfounded claim. According to Trump, a president has the power to make any decision he desires even without a formal process. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified,” Trump...
    National security attorney Bradley P. Moss said he tried not to laugh when he heard former President Donald Trump claim a president can declassify documents merely by “thinking about it.” Trump sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity for an hour-long interview at Mar-a-Lago that touched on several subjects, including the August FBI raid of his home where agents found thousands of government documents. At one point, Trump told Hannity he was able to declassify documents simply by “thinking about it.” Asked if a president has a process for declassification, Trump said: If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it. And there doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. On The Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell played the clip and asked Moss for his thoughts. Moss responded: Yeah, I saw that clip right before I came on and I tried not to...
    Donald Trump claimed the president of the United States can declassify government documents simply by declaring them as such, or “even by thinking about it.” In August, FBI agents executed a search warrant at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where they found thousands of government documents Trump was supposed to give to the National Archives upon leaving office. Some of the material is classified. Trump has publicly claimed he declassified all the documents. However, his attorneys have not dared to make that claim in court as they tangle with lawyers from the Department of Justice in the case. Appearing on Wednesday’s Hannity, Trump told Sean Hannity he declassified the documents and that there isn’t much to the process – or lack thereof – as he understands it. “A president has the power to declassify,” the Fox News host stated. “You have said on Truth Social a number of times you did declassify.” “I did declassify, yes,” Trump said. “Is there a process?” Hannity asked. “What was your process?” “There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand...
    For weeks, former President Donald Trump has been raving on social media that he couldn’t possibly have mishandled Top Secret records because he’d already declassified them. Now those arguments are finally starting to make their way into his Mar-a-Lago case. On Monday morning, Trump’s legal team filed court documents asserting that Trump had unfettered power while he was at the White House to declassify these sensitive national security records—pointing to an executive order from President Barack Obama that gave the president alone the ability to make that decision. “The President enjoys absolute authority under the Executive Order to declassify any information,” attorneys wrote. “There is no legitimate contention that the Chief Executive’s declassification of documents requires approval of bureaucratic components of the executive branch.” But Trump’s lawyers notably stopped short of arguing that the former president actually did declassify the documents—or describe how that allegedly happened. It’s a bit of legal sleight of hand, seeming to offer the argument that Trump declassified documents without actually arguing that point. As legal scholars closely monitoring this case have pointed out, lawyers...
    Donald Trump's attorney general condemned his former boss on Friday, saying there was no legitimate reason for government documents to be kept at Mar-a-Lago. Bill Barr said he did not believe Trump's claim that he had declassified everything before it was taken to his Florida resort, and he hit back at critics of the FBI search saying it was 'unprecedented' for such sensitive materials to be taken to a 'country club.' Barr made his comments as Trump supporters continue to accuse the FBI and Department of Justice of conducted a witch hunt. But on Friday, a court filing revealed the extent of the materials recovered from Trump's Florida home: 18 documents marked as top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked as confidential, and 11,179 government documents or photographs that had no classification markings. Barr defended the Department of Justice actions and expressed disbelief at Trump's defense that he had declassified the materials. 'If in fact he sort of stood over scores of boxes, not really knowing what was in them, and said, "I hereby declassify everything in here," that would be...
    Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa is disputing Donald Trump's excuse that he "declassified" everything upon leaving office. For the past several weeks, allies of the former president have been excusing away his possession of classified intelligence he stole from the White House and took with him back his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Laws don't show a distinction between classified and unclassified information that is taken from the government. It's all a crime. Still, one of the main excuses from Trump's team is that he declassified everything upon leaving office. His appointed National Archives aide, Kash Patel, falsely claimed that the action of Trump taking them out of the White House automatically declassified them. This excuse isn't working for Rangappa. "That Trump is sticking with his 'declassification' defense is mind-boggling in light of below," she said citing specifics about the abbreviations that were seen on the outer folders of the classified documents. HCS-P, which was on some of the outer folders. It signifies intelligence derived from sensitive human sources "Why on earth would he 'secretly' declassify" that? asked Rangappa...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney poured cold water on Donald Trump’s claim that he had a “standing order” to automatically declassify certain classified government documents. Last week, FBI agents executed a search warrant of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, where they retrieved boxes of documents Trump was supposed to give to the National Archives upon leaving office. Some of the materials were reportedly classified. Trump has disputed that claim and stated he had a “standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.” On Friday, Mulvaney appeared on Newsmax and was asked about the alleged “standing order.” He said there’s more to declassifying documents than what his former boss described. “Any president of the United States has broad authority to declassified documents,” Mulvaney began. “That being said, there’s a formal structure to doing that. You can’t just sort of stand over a box of documents, wave your hand and say, ‘These are all declassified.’ That’s not how the system works.”...
    Washington (CNN)In the days since the FBI seized classified and top secret documents from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, the former President and his allies have claimed that Trump had a "standing order" to declassify documents he took from the Oval Office to the White House residence. But 18 former top Trump administration officials tell CNN they never heard any such order issued during their time working for Trump, and that they believe the claim to be patently false. Several officials laughed at the notion. One senior administration official called it "bullsh*t." Two of Trump's former chiefs of staff went on the record to knock down the claim. "Nothing approaching an order that foolish was ever given," said John Kelly, who served as Trump's chief of staff for 17 months from 2017 to 2019. "And I can't imagine anyone that worked at the White House after me that would have simply shrugged their shoulders and allowed that order to go forward without dying in the ditch trying to stop it."Mick Mulvaney, who succeeded Kelly as acting White House chief of staff,...
    Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta said that claims former President Donald Trump could declassify documents as he saw fit are “B.S.” Panetta, who has worked with classified materials for decades, explained there is a process for declassifying confidential government information Monday. On CNN’s The Lead, Panetta told host Jake Tapper the Justice Department probe into Trump’s alleged mishandling of government documents must play out in the interest of national security. Panetta said: As somebody involved with intelligence matters, this is a serious issue that involves classified information. The reason we classify information is to protect our national security. And make sure that that information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. And so it is really important that this investigation proceed to determine just exactly what level of classified information was involved here and whether anybody else had access to it. Tapper noted a number of Trump allies have said the former president declassified all documents he took home with him. “Former Trump aides are trying to claim there was a standing order by the president, Donald Trump,...
    On Sunday during Fox & Friends, co-host Will Cain invoked comments from former President Richard Nixon that had been misinterpreted and later walked back, to give justification to Donald Trump’s claim that he has the ultimate power to declassify documents, in light of Monday’s raid. According to the inventory list obtained from the Mar-a-Lago raid, 11 sets of documents were taken by the FBI from Trump’s estate, including some with extremely high levels of classification. In a conversation with Fox News commentator Bill Bennett, Cain claimed that Nixon said “if a president does it, then it is not illegal,” as it related to classified information. The co-host asked, “is that not truly the standard?” while pressing Bennett on whether the president really has the authority to “declassify anything,” whenever he wants. However, the quote that Cain mentioned from Nixon was said during a 1977 interview and was walked back by the former president a few months later. This statement, although Nixon attempted to clean it up afterward by arguing in a statement that no one is above the law, was...
    A top Senate Republican said the Biden Justice Department still hasn’t handed over to Congress any declassified records from the flawed Trump-Russia investigation despite the last-minute declassification push by former President Donald Trump. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor this week, lamenting that Attorney General Merrick Garland “hasn’t produced a single declassified record to Congress relating to Crossfire Hurricane.” Grassley, along with Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, made a similar push in October after the DOJ failed to release any of the Crossfire Hurricane documents Trump ordered declassified his last day in office. “We all know about the fatal defects and political decisions that were made during Crossfire Hurricane,” Grassley said. “That type of improper government conduct demands maximum transparency.” Grassley and Johnson requested an update from the DOJ in February on when the full set of declassified records would be handed over to Congress, and Grassley said their staffs followed up with “countless emails and phone calls,” to no avail. The memo from Trump said...
    Getty President Joe Biden speaks on September 8, 2021. On September 3, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring never-before-seen documents related to September 11, 2021, to be declassified. Some documents had a deadline of being declassified by today, with others having deadlines that extend up to 180 days from the date the order was signed.Certain Documents Needed Declassification By September 11, 2021In his executive order, Biden noted that Americans deserved a “fuller picture” of what happened on September 11. The order noted: Many Americans continue to seek full accountability for the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), including 9/11 survivors and victims’ family members.  As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the American people deserve to have a fuller picture of what their Government knows about those attacks.  Although the indiscriminate release of classified information could jeopardize the national security — including the United States Government’s efforts to protect against future acts of terrorism — information should not remain classified when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any damage to the national security that might...
    Share this: President Joe Biden on Friday directed the declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims’ families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The order, coming little more than a week before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is a significant moment in a years-long tussle between the government and the families over what classified information about the run-up to the attacks could be made public. That conflict was on display last month when many relatives, survivors and first responders came out against Biden’s participation in 9/11 memorial events if the documents remained declassified. Biden said Friday that he was making good on a campaign commitment by ordering the declassification review and pledged that his administration “will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community.”
    JOE Biden has ordered the FBI to declassify files on the investigation into the 9/11 attack as victims' families demand answers on links to Saudi Arabia. The executive order comes just a week before the 20th anniversary of the worst terror attack in American history which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. 5Joe Biden has ordered the FBI to declassify files on the investigation into 9/11Credit: The Mega Agency 5Thousands were killed during the attacks on New York, Washington, DC and PennsylvaniaCredit: Getty 5Fire and rescue workers search through the rubble of the World Trade CenterCredit: EPA The order issued on Friday said: "As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the American people deserve to have a fuller picture of what their government knows about those attacks." It directs the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies to launch a declassification review - and orders declassified documents be released over the next six months. While the "indiscriminate" release of information could "jeopardize" national security and the ability to prevent future attacks, a better balance needs be struck between transparency...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order to begin the process of declassifying documents related to Sept. 11, 2001. Friday’s move came as we approach the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks and amid the persistence of families who filed a lawsuit alleging Saudi Arabia bears some responsibility. READ MORE: Smells Like Ribs Everywhere: Pittsburghers Celebrate Labor Day Weekend At Heinz Field Kickoff And Rib Fest KDKA’s Andy Sheehan spoke with a local attorney representing two of those families. This development is significant. For several administrations, the U.S. Justice Department has kept much of the investigation classified. Now, President Biden — stating the need for transparency — says some of those documents should be disclosed. Twenty years after planes hit the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, and the in-flight heroes brought Flight 93 down in Shanksville, families of those who died have gnawing questions about just who was behind the attacks. Why were 15 of the 19 hijackers — like Osama bin Laden himself — Saudi Arabian? Who supplied them support, training and flying...
    WASHINGTON (AP/KDKA) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday directing the declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims’ families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The order, coming little more than a week before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is a significant moment in a yearslong tussle between the government and the families over what classified information about the run-up to the attacks could be made public. That conflict was on display last month when some 1,800 relatives, survivors and first responders came out against Biden’s participation in 9/11 memorial events if the documents remained declassified. READ MORE: Duquesne Police Find Mannequin Staged To Look Like Murder Of Teen Girl “The significant events in question occurred two decades ago or longer, and they concern a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and in the lives of so many Americans,” the executive order states. “It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, relying...
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday directing the declassification of certain documents related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims' families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The order, coming little more than a week before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is a significant moment in a yearslong tussle between the government and the families over what classified information about the run-up to the attacks could be made public. That conflict was on display last month when 1,800 relatives, survivors and first responders came out against Biden's participation in 9/11 memorial events if the documents remained declassified. "The significant events in question occurred two decades ago or longer, and they concern a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and in the lives of so many Americans," the executive order states. "It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary." The order directs the Justice Department and...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday that ordered a review of the classified documents related to the 9/11 terror attacks - with the promise of releasing more information to the public.    Biden had been told by nearly 1,800 Americans impacted by the terror attacks last month - including victims' family members, first responders and survivors - not to come to any of the 20th anniversary events unless he declassified documents that potentially show Saudi government links to the September 11, 2001 hijackers.  The order makes no mention of Saudi Arabia.   'When I ran for president, I made a commitment to ensuring transparency regarding the declassification of documents on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America,' Biden said in a statement. 'As we approach the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, I am honoring that commitment.'  'Today, I signed an executive order directing the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's September 11th investigations. The executive order requires the Attorney General to release the declassified documents...
    The son of a man who died at the World Trade Center in the 9/11 attacks made a direct plea to President Joe Biden on CNN Friday night. At issue for Brett Eagleson and many others whose loved ones died in the attacks 20 years ago, are classified documents that they say will show the culpability of Saudi leaders. Eagleson is one of nearly 1,800 people personally impacted by the 9/11 attacks who signed a statement saying they will not welcome Biden’s participation in 9/11-related events unless he declassifies those documents. “We want to see President Biden stand with us and stand up for American citizens,” Eagleson told CNN guest host Michael Smerconish. “It’s been too long. It’s been 20 years. And the 9/11 families deserve justice and closure.” Eagleson claimed the Department of Justice has “significant evidence” showing that the Saudi government “materially supported” the 19 hijackers who carried out the attacks, 15 of whom were from Saudi Arabia. Eagleson called on Biden to break with his predecessors and classify the alleged documents. “Be our champion, Mr. President,” Eagleson...
    A group of families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with survivors and first responders, will issue a statement Friday asking President Joe Biden not to attend memorial events unless he releases classified information, according to NBC News. The group, numbering nearly 1,800, is requesting Biden skip events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the tragedy unless he declassify documents they believe demonstrate the involvement of Saudi officials in the attacks, NBC News reported. The Bush, Obama and Trump administrations each declined to declassify the information. “Since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004 much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks,” the group said in the statement, according to NBC. (RELATED: Live Tribute By Families Of 9/11 Victims Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Restrictions In New York) “Through multiple administrations, the Department of Justice and the FBI have actively sought to keep this information secret and prevent the American people from learning the full truth about the 9/11 attacks,” the group said. Mr. President, honor the 9/11 families. Declassify and release the...
    SENATORS and families of victims in the September 11 attacks are calling on Joe Biden to declassify 9/11-related documents that would help identify co-conspirators of the deadly terrorist tragedy. A group of senators are pushining bipartisan legislation that would declassify thousands of documents held by the intelligence community and Department of Justice. 2Almost 1,800 first responders, survivors and victims' relatives of the 9/11 attacks are calling on Biden to skip the 20th anniversary memorialCredit: Getty Images - Getty The September 11th Transparency Act, as the legislation is called, was proposed on behalf of nearly 2,000 family members of victims who are calling for the documents to be released. A letter written by close to 1,800 first responders, survivors and relatives of victims called on President Joe Biden to release the documents or not attend the 20th memorial anniversary of the attacks. "Six months ago the 9/11 community had great hopes that President Joe Biden would be the long lost champion of those directly affected by this murderous attack on our nation," the letter starts. "Since the conclusion of the 9/11...
    Democrats clamoring for Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office may be afraid of what documents he might declassify in his final week. I say, what is taking him so long? I have written on the topic of declassifying and releasing full, unredacted government documents related to Trump-era controversies many times. The point is the same in every instance: the deep state can never be trusted to engage in meaningful oversight over its corrupt and potentially illegal actions. And because self-policing is unlikely, if not impossible, it is up to the American people to decide. But the public cannot judge the case lacking full information, so President Trump must supply the full, unadulterated record as evidence. This is becoming more critical as days pass and the Trump presidency runs out. It’s now or never. Those about to take total control of the government move to censor, de-platform and otherwise gag conservative voices, and would certainly have no problem destroying documents that conflict with their preferred narrative. The inconvenient truths preserved in the documentary record would simply be put down the Orwellian...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says he shared thousands of documents to U.S. Attorney John Durham and is counting on the now-special counsel to get the truth out to the public about what he views as massive wrongdoing by those who conducted the Trump-Russia investigation. But, the spy chief stressed, that doesn't mean all the documents given to the federal prosecutor should be declassified, as some Republicans, including President Trump, have talked about. “Between my predecessor Richard Grenell in an acting capacity and myself, we have declassified most of the intelligence community documents that would be suitable for the public to see, that wouldn’t jeopardize sources and methods,” Ratcliffe said in a phone interview with the Washington Examiner on Thursday. “There are others, many many documents — I think it’s been out there that I’ve provided literally thousands of documents to John Durham, but many of those do contain sources and methods that we can’t make public for a number of a reasons, including to jeopardize any investigation that’s going there. So I think the level of cooperation...
    (CNN)As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to publicly dispute the outcome of the election, they are also quietly seeking to discredit the Russia investigation that has cast a dark cloud over the administration for more than four years. Before Election Day, senior career intelligence officials and congressional Democrats braced for Trump's handpicked director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, to release highly classified documents related to the FBI's Russia probe, which they feared would expose critical sources and methods. Those concerns roared back this week in the wake of a flurry of personnel changes at the National Security Agency -- and the Pentagon -- as Trump installed political loyalists in key positions where they could help turn the tide in the behind-the-scenes battle over declassifying documents, which has raged for weeks. Trump believes the documents in question will undermine the intelligence community's unanimous finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 race to help him win, by exposing so-called "deep state" plots against his campaign and transition during the Obama administration, according to multiple current and former officials.But CIA and...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows rejected suggestions this week that President Trump’s tweets earlier this month calling for the “total declassification” of all documents related to the Russia investigation and the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server were an explicit order to release more documents. Meadows comments came in a sworn, two-page declaration filed in federal court Tuesday as part of a lawsuit by media and other groups to declassify former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report, without redactions. DECLASSIFIED TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE DOCS TO DATE: WHAT TO KNOW The president, on Oct. 6, tweeted: “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.” He added: “Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” A federal judge had asked the White House to clarify whether the president had ordered that declassification in his social media posts — a position that conflicts with the Justice Department. Meadows defended the president’s tweets, saying they were not a direct order to the Justice Department. “The...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wrote in a sworn statement to the court Tuesday that President Donald Trump told him his tweets he posted earlier this month about declassifying all documents in the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections were not actually an order to declassify or release those records, CNN reported. "The President indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents," Meadows wrote. He added Trumps tweets "related to" authority the president delegated to Attorney General William Barr to decide what documents should be declassified. Meadows made the statement in response to a judges request the administration clarify why the Trump tweets appeared to directly contradict the White Houses position not to declassify the Russia records after several groups brought a suit seeking an unredacted version of Muellers report the administration refuses to release, according to NBC News. Department of Justice lawyers had already argued Trumps tweets should not be seen as actual orders to fully declassify the report, but...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told a judge that President Donald Trump didn't mean it when he tweeted a demand to have everything from the 'Russia Hoax' unredacted.  In a sworn statement to the court, Meadows explained that two October Trump tweets were not an order the court needed to follow through on, nor did they pertain to particular documents that news organizations have been suing the government to get their hands on.  'The president indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents, including the FD-302 reports of witness interviews prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III,' Meadows wrote in a document signed Tuesday.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (left) told a judge Tuesday that President Donald Trump (right) wasn't serious when he said that there should be 'no redactions' related to 'Russia Hoax,' as news organizations fight to see portions of the Mueller investigation ...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday said in a federal court filing that President Trump’s tweets were not official orders to declassify FBI Russia probe documents. Meadows wrote under penalty of perjury that he “conferred with the President concerning his intentions with respect to two statements he made on Twitter on October 6, 2020.” Those tweets reflected Trump’s impatience to release information about the FBI’s unsuccessful search for evidence that he colluded with Russia in 2016, as the Justice Department began signaling Connecticut US Attorney John Durham will not release a report detailing misconduct before the Nov. 3 election. “The President indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents, including the FD-302 reports of witness interviews prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III,” Meadows wrote in the DC court filing. “Instead, the President’s statements related to the authorization he had provided the Attorney General to declassify documents...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday said in a federal court filing that President Trump’s tweets were not official orders to declassify FBI Russia probe documents. Meadows wrote under penalty of perjury that he “conferred with the President concerning his intentions with respect to two statements he made on Twitter on October 6, 2020.” Those tweets reflected Trump’s impatience to release information about the FBI’s unsuccessful search for evidence that he colluded with Russia in 2016, as the Justice Department began signaling Connecticut US Attorney John Durham will not release a report detailing misconduct before the Nov. 3 election. “The President indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents, including the FD-302 reports of witness interviews prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III,” Meadows wrote in the DC court filing. “Instead, the President’s statements related to the authorization he had provided the Attorney General to declassify documents as...
    The world is turned upside down: the press says President Donald Trump was telling the truth when he said on Twitter that he declassified all “Russia Hoax” documents, while the Department of Justice argues in court that the president of the United States lied about that. On Friday, Senior U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said during a hearing that the president’s intent on the subject of complete declassification of Russia documents seemed crystal clear. Ever since the Robert Mueller’s Russia report was released with redactions, multiple lawsuits have sought to force the DOJ to disclose anything from grand jury information to FBI witness interviews known as 302s. BuzzFeed has been at the forefront of these challenges, while the DOJ has fought tooth-and-nail against these lawsuits at every turn. Then the president stepped in it, promising “any and all” Russia documents with “no redactions.” Note: he used the words “I have fully authorized.” “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary...
            by John Solomon  President Trump earlier this week vowed complete and final transparency in the Russia probe, ordering the declassification (without redaction) of all relevant documents that show how the false Russian collusion narrative was created by Hillary Clinton operatives and then investigated for three years by the FBI. With less than four weeks to Election Day 2020, there is little time to complete the mission so that voters can understand the foreign influence, dirty tricks and misconduct that began in the last presidential election and continued for years. So Just the News put together a list of the 40 most important documents yet to be released that would help America understand what really happened and who is most culpable. Most of the documents have been sought by Congress dating all the way back to 2017 and have been withheld from public release, mostly by bureaucrats at the State Department under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the FBI under Director Christopher Wray. The many letters and subpoenas demanding these documents are attached below. Here...
    President Trump’s decision Tuesday to authorize the declassification of all documents related to the high-profile Russia investigation and the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state was embraced by supporters and brushed off by detractors. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he wanted all relevant files pertaining to “the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax” released. He said he also wants all relevant documents pertaining to the Clinton email probe. “No redactions!” he tweeted. Trump’s demand came a day after he was released by Walter Reed Medical Center after a brief stay after coming down with COVID-19. The presidential election is headed into the final stretch and Trump seems to have some ground to make up, according to recent polls. The president’s announcement led to fierce exchanges on social media. Gen. Michael Hayden, the former CIA director under President George W. Bush, got into a public clash on Twitter with Richard Grenell, the former acting Director of National Intelligence under Trump. Grenell...
            by Chuck Ross  John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, has been coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham and plans to soon declassify more documents related to the Trump-Russia probe, he said Sunday. “The question now is did the FBI have a proper predicate to begin a counterintelligence investigation at all, and that’s the issue that John Durham is looking at, and also the issue that I’m continuing to look at,” Ratcliffe said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is conducting a sprawling investigation into several aspects of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities against Trump associates. He is investigating the FBI’s decision to open an investigation in July 2016 against Trump campaign associates over their possible ties to Russia, as well as an intelligence community assessment that said the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump win. Ratcliffe said that he is not privy to Durham’s findings, but that he has provided the prosecutor access to intelligence documents needed for the...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Sunday he has had to coordinate with U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign and plans to declassify "additional documents" soon. "I pledged to a bipartisan group of senators that I would look at all of the underlying intelligence surrounding the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's interference and this idea of Trump-Russia collusion," Ratcliffe told "Sunday Morning Futures." "But I'm not going to prejudice John Durham's work in connection with that, so we've had to coordinate with his office about the timing of that. But I'm optimistic that I'll be declassifying additional documents soon." DNI RATCLIFFE DEFENDS HALTING IN-PERSON ELECTION BRIEFINGS Ratcliffe said he had spoken with Durham. John Ratcliffe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) "He's looking at the same documents that I am," Ratcliffe said. "He's not sharing his findings or the work that he's doing. But I'm coordinating with him to make sure that he has the intelligence documents that he needs...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed he is coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham in the federal prosecutor’s inquiry into the Russia investigation and expects to make further declassifications public soon. Ratcliffe, who has overseen the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies since taking over the role in May, shed a bit of light on how the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is assisting in the "investigation of the investigators" investigation during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News and insisted he is working to ensure that any intelligence documents he releases don’t "prejudice" Durham’s inquiry. “We’ve actually, for several months, been coordinating with his team of folks to make sure that he has access to all of the intelligence community documents that he needs,” Ratcliffe said of Durham. “He’s looking at the same, some of the same documents that I am, and so our work is running on parallel paths. Now, his is a criminal investigation, and he’s not sharing his findings or the work that he’s doing, but I’m coordinating...
    John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, has been coordinating with U.S. Attorney John Durham and plans to soon declassify more documents related to the Trump-Russia probe, he said Sunday. “The question now is did the FBI have a proper predicate to begin a counterintelligence investigation at all, and that’s the issue that John Durham is looking at, and also the issue that I’m continuing to look at,” Ratcliffe said in an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is conducting a sprawling investigation into several aspects of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities against Trump associates. He is investigating the FBI’s decision to open an investigation in July 2016 against Trump campaign associates over their possible ties to Russia, as well as an intelligence community assessment that said the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump win. (RELATED: Declassified Senate Report Details ‘Bitter Dispute’ Between CIA And FBI Over Steele Dossier) Ratcliffe said that he is not privy to Durham’s findings, but that he has provided the prosecutor access...
    Ukraine released previously secret Soviet documents on the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Monday. The archives, published in a book published by the Ukrainian secret services SBU, give an overview of various construction faults, accidents and emergency interruptions from 1971 until the disaster of April 26, 1986. After the explosion of the reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Soviet nuclear power plant, a perimeter around the damaged area was prohibited due to the risk of radiation. The largest nuclear disaster in history has claimed the lives of thousands, while tens of thousands more have been displaced. On Sunday, a new fire took place in the red zone of the power plant, covering an area of ​​around three hectares. Ukrainian authorities said on Monday that the fire was largely extinguished. In early April, a forest fire broke out around the Chernobyl plant, reinforced by strong winds and unusually dry weather. In total, some 11,500 hectares have been destroyed. The fire was not brought under control until mid-May.
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