“YOU’RE GOING TO LEARN A LOT”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 24, 2019) — In remarks to the press on the White House lawn before leaving for Japan early Friday afternoon, President Trump recapped his authorization Thursday evening to the attorney general to begin the process of “declassification” of documents associated with the Russia “collusion” investigation.
Almost immediately, he said the outcome of the “Russia” narrative was an “attempted coup” against his administration. “You’re going to learn a lot,” he predicted. “I hope it’s going to be nice, but perhaps it won’t be.”
The probe ended on March 22, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed in his report concluding that no one in the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian operatives to affect the 2016 election outcome.
Trump had said throughout Mueller’s 22-month “witch hunt” that there was “no collusion” or “obstruction,” two of the main issues covered in the report.
According to several Republican congressmen, the documents Attorney General William Barr is expected to approve for release will show that “Democrats” misled the American people and that the U.S. intelligence community “spied” on members of the campaign and likely the transition team.
Trump opined that Democrats “want a re-do of the Mueller report.” He said he would like to work on lowering prescription-drug prices but cannot accomplish it when congressional Democrats insist on continuing to investigate him.
Another issue is whether or not four surveillance warrants obtained on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were applied for in accordance with FBI policies given that the Russia “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele was unverified. FBI policy requires agents to say under oath that the evidence presented to request a FISA warrant has been “verified.”
“Everybody wanted me to declassify; I’ve done it,” Trump told reporters shouting a myriad of questions as he prepared to board Marine One on the South Lawn. “You have to get down to what happened…they tried to do a take-down, and you can’t do it. This should never, ever happen to another president again.”
In response to a question about which documents Barr may declassify, Trump said he “hopes” Barr will examine those involving the UK, Ukraine and Australia.” Earlier, he said he will likely speak with now-outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May about possible involvement of UK intelligence services in activity associated with his 2016 campaign and election.
“It was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country. It’s the greatest hoax probably in the history of our country,” Trump said.
He also berated the media for “giving fake news” which he believes affects his approval rate with the American people.
As for rumors that he plans to pardon several convicted former military members, Trump said he is considering “a lot of different pardons for a lot of different people” and has not yet made any decisions. The reporter asking the question characterized those convicted as “war criminals.”
As for those still facing military trials, Trump said, “It’s very possible that I’ll let the trials go on and I’ll make my decision after the trial.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.