Trump Turns Up Pressure On Democrats

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Will the Democrats hide from this?

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday (February 15), former President Donald Trump stated his belief that the Department of Justice should declassify the remaining records pertaining to the original Russia collusion probe.

When discussing whether the DOJ should declassify the original probe’s records, Trump said, “They have the declassification order.” Before concluding, “they should declassify, absolutely, especially in light of what has just happened and what has just been revealed.”

The former President’s remarks refer to recent claims made in Special Counsel John Durham’s Friday (February 11) court filing. The filing alleges that a tech executive and associates, which included a lawyer for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign, infiltrated internet data from Trump Tower, the former President’s Central Park West apartment building; then, after Trump was elected, the White House. According to the filing, this was done to “establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’” to then bring to federal government agencies tying Trump to Russia.”

Trump’s recent remarks on Fox News coincide with statements the former President made in May 2019, when he told then-Attorney General William Barr, to start a declassification process of the records that related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

His request to Barr came after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation after failing to uncover any evidence of a conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 Presidential elections.

Trump reiterated his earlier comments, calling on the DOJ to declassify the records and release them to the public, said “there is tremendous dishonesty and corruption.”

Trump’s comments follow a letter written by Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson to Attorney General Merrick Garland in which they say he has “failed” to uphold the order given by Trump to declassify records related to the original Russia collusion probe. The Senators also demanded Garland “produce those records to Congress and the American people without improper redactions.”