The Department of Justice (DOJ) is overruling President Donald Trump’s declaration that all Russia-gate documents are to be declassified without redactions.
It appears the DOJ is ignring President Trump’s tweet last week authorizing the “total declassification of any & all documents” related to the long-running Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton’s emails — “No redactions!”.
The Justice Department argued he really didn’t mean it in court on Tuesday.
The DOJ made it clear on Tuesday that President Trump’s tweet holds no legal authority, and the deep state remains fully in charge. As such, their secrets will be protected, and the American public will stay in the dark.
President Trump issued his decision on Twitter last week, apparently blissfully unaware that though he has the authority to declassify anything he chooses, it doesn’t mean the deep state will comply.
“The White House Counsel’s Office informed the Department that there is no order requiring wholesale declassification or disclosure of documents at issue in this matter,” Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer wrote in a filing with Judge Reggie Walton, who had ordered DOJ to clarify its position after the president’s tweets.
The White House’s position conflicts with Trump’s emphatic declassification tweet, as well as demands that his Justice Department indicts and prosecutes his political rivals, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton.
The tweet drew immediate accolades from some of Trump’s closest allies, who have long claimed hidden documents would expose the Russia investigation as a politically motivated assault on the Trump presidency. But DOJ made clear that Trump’s pronouncement had no actual force.
“The Attorney General has not ordered the declassification and release of any of the redacted material in this case based on the President’s tweets,” Weinsheimer wrote. “The Department was further informed that the President’s statements on Twitter do not require altering any redactions on any record at issue in this case, including but not limited to, any redactions taken pursuant to any discretionary FOIA exemptions.”
I am assuming someone in the White House will let the President know that the DOJ is not moving forward and what steps he needs to take to make it happen after all.
This could be another issue added to a growing list of reasons to replace AG Barr after President Trump’s re-election.
The DOJ also held off on releasing the finding of the Durham investigation, because of the election, denying voters the information needed to help decide on what party they want to govern their country starting on January 20th, 2021.
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