Skip to comments.Federal Judge Signals It’s Clear That Trump Tweet Intended to Declassify All Mueller Documents, Orders DOJ to Find Out
Posted on 10/16/2020 4:21:58 PM PDT by aimhigh
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 presidents intent on the subject of complete declassification of Russia documents seemed crystal clear.
Ever since Robert Muellers Russia report was released with redactions, multiple lawsuits have sought to force the DOJ to disclose anything from grand jury information to FBI witness interview reports 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 the declassification of any and all Russia documents with no redactions. Note: he used the words I have fully authorized. . . . . .
Trump, who has called the Mueller investigation a hoax and witch hunt since day one, put the DOJ in the awkward position of having to tell Judge Walton that the president has no idea what hes talking about and certainly didnt mean what he said. Thats what DOJ did on Oct. 13.
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Is a tweet a legal authorization? I really don’t know.
No it would be followed up with official correspondence. Agencies don't respond to tweets if they want to cover their butts which they all do.
The tweet may not be but the content on the tweet matters:
"Note: he used the words I have fully authorized...
That is presuming the rest of President Trump's sentence continued:
"..release of unredacted material from the fake russian collusion investigation.."
So Barr is leading the charge to block the release of the documents? No wonder he and Wray are buds. They both need to be frogmarched out of Washington on the morning of November 4.
So the takeaway here is that the DOJ is still trying to coverup their bad acts and refuses to release documents. Which they did last time Trump authorized Barr to release documents, nothing released. Anyone still think Barr is a white hat?
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 Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions! Trump tweeted on Oct. 6.”
Second, where is the proof that he, in fact, did authorize it?
I don’t think a tweet — in the past tense—cuts it.
PS: I would love to see it ALL redacted.
The Federal Judge is correct. The President’s order is Crystal Clear. There is nothing in the Constitution that dictates what form a Direct Order from the Chief Executive must take. There’s no law and if there were it would likely be unconstitutional.
The DOJ is playing games in order to delay hoping he will lose in November. The entire Swamp, Barr included, has been playing this game.
Why wait? He ought to fire them now and put in acting replacements.
We’d all like that but it’s too explosive 2 weeks before Nov. 3rd.
I believe Barr held back portions of the Mueller lies (report) because the MSM will treat the lies as if they are truth and run with it. Note the MSM and people like Pelosi have never stopped asserting that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia.
Redacted portions were other persons named and I think it’s likely they were going after the president’s children the same way they went after Flynn’s son in litigation. So, Barr held that back for the time being but I don’t think they planned on redacting them forever.
I hope all is released soon. Yes, the deep state will treat Mueller’s false assertions as if they are true and it will be messy, but we the people have to decide ultimately.
As I posted, in part, yesterday on this topic of declassification:
And the president needs to remember that the bureaucracy will not accept a tweet, such as the one directing the declassification and release without redaction, as an order. Having spent a number of years doing FOIA and declassification, he needs to put that tweet into writing as an Executive Order. That move will make any bureaucratic wiggling around avoiding the tweet as direct disobedience of an E.O.
And I fully concur with the Presidents ordering the complete declassification and release, without any redactions of the documents in question.
Plus, POTUS didn’t say, “Please.”
I’ll defend the retention of AG Barr in that he is fighting against a deeply entrenched anti-Trump bureaucracy.
And I have cause to wonder if the President’s outbursts at Barr and others are intended toward the other and not AG Barr, but he is letting Barr know privately to keep doing his job; let me explain:
When I was an intel directorate NCOIC we had weekly meetings with the Command Sergeant Major, where he would pass on to us what was in the staff calls and other information. During the time I was one of 3 directorate NCOIC’s I received a phone call from him before our weekly meeting. He would say, “I’m going to raise the roof about my NCOICs not getting their jobs done, ignore what I’m saying, my target are the other two guys, your doing what you’re supposed to do, but I have to ‘blast’ the 3 of you.” My reply was, I understand, thank you.
A verbal order in an admistrative chain of command is a lawful order. I authorized means not, I am authorizing. It means it's already done. Past tense. Done. No argument. Already.
Most order from heads of departments [agencies] are verbal to their subordinates, actually. It is usually recorded for the record to codify it and preserve it for posterity, but it is a lawful order when stated, and to refuse it is as much insubordination in a civilian agency as it is in a military agency.
In fact, insubordination in the face of lawful direction is one case where a civil servant can be fired almost immediately and without question.
And he asked Russia to find Hills emails.....BFD
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