ALLEGES “CORRUPTION” WITHIN THE DOJ
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 23, 2018) — On Thursday morning, Fox & Friends aired an interview conducted by co-host Ainsley Earhardt with President Donald Trump said on Wednesday evening to contain “breaking news.”
A declaration Trump made during the 22-minute sit-down is his statement that “at some point,” he will feel compelled to declassify documents obtained by several congressional committees investigating allegations of wrongdoing on a number of fronts.
Leaders of those committees as well as Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton have been urging Trump publicly to declassify all of the documents reluctantly released or still held by the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI.
Congressional investigators, particularly on the House Intelligence Judiciary Committees, have been attempting to discover when the FBI opened its counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign and on what basis. The probe was reportedly launched within days of the closure of an investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as Obama’s Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013.
Exactly one month ago, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had maintained that Trump intended to remain “uninvolved” as the Mueller investigation into alleged “collusion” between Trump campaign members and Russia proceeds.
Short of the classifying the documents, Trump has often railed on Twitter about the Mueller investigation’s being a “rigged witch hunt.”
The House Intelligence Committee requested many of the DOJ documents a year ago in a series of letters followed by subpoenas. At one point earlier this year, it appeared that Articles of Impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were under consideration for his alleged failure to comply with the subpoenas.
During his interview with Earhardt, Trump said that any declassification of the documents not yet publicly released would be in response to “the corruption” he said exists within the Justice Department. He pointed out that in his frequent tweets to the American people, he refers to the DOJ with “quotes” for that reason.
As reported by investigative reporter Paul Sperry via ZeroHedge on August 6, some materials, such as 60+ exchanges between DOJ official Bruce Ohr and Russia “dossier” author Christopher Steele, were released the following day, reported by John Solomon of The Hill.
As a Justice Department attorney, Ohr had no authority to participate in a counterintelligence investigation, and Steele was terminated as a confidential human source (DHS) by the FBI in late 2016 after finding that he spoke to the press in violation of his contractual agreement.
As examples of “corruption,” Trump cited the non-prosecution of Hillary Clinton and Tony Podesta, who ran a lobbying group and who Trump said his administration “heard” would be indicted for unspecified crimes but never was.
Tony Podesta is the brother of 2016 Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.