Sundance has another excellent piece that helps to explain why President Trump hasn’t released the trove of classified documents that we’ve all been waiting for. Most believe that they represent the smoking gun that will expose the criminal activities by the Obama Intelligence Services, DOJ, and FBI in their attempts to destroy first, candidate Trump and later, President Trump.
It’s a long piece so I’ve excerpted parts of it to post here. I’d encourage anyone who would like to know all of the details to visit The Conservative Treehouse at the link.
We’ve been led to believe that the president can declassify the documents, at will, with a stroke of his pen.
Apparently, it’s not quite that simple.
Even after a congressional request by a dozen members of Congress, he has yet to act. He keeps threatening to release the documents, but so far hasn’t done so – many of us keep asking why? Specifically, the congressional request asks the president to declassify and release the Carter Page FISA applications (including pages 10-12, 17-34, and relevant footnotes).
At first glance, it appears to be a simple request right? However, it is anything but simple for a lot of reasons.
[following are excerpts from the Treehouse article]
First, here’s a link to the General Principles of declassification [SEE HERE] Yes, the President can declassify anything; however, there is a process that must be followed.
Part of that process is similar to the former declassification request surrounding the FISA memo written by HPSCI Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
Following that declassification process the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and the Attorney General, in this example Rod Rosenstein, needed to “sign-off” on the declassification.
The process reasoning is simple in the ordinary (non-corrupt) flow of events. The intelligence agencies might need to protect part of the information, such as “sources or methods” of intelligence contained within the classified material. Under ordinary declassification procedures, the President would likely not want to compromise the ‘sources’ and ‘methods’, and would defer to the intelligence experts.
Now, let’s consider the actual status of the current request – and remind ourselves we are not talking about an ordinary situation. In this situation, there are corrupt elements, current officials and career voices, within the FBI and DOJ who have a vested interest in NOT APPROVING the current request.
The President (Chief Executive) wants to declassify the FISA application material as requested. The President requests the DOJ and FBI to remove the requested redacted portions of the Carter Page FISA application. Specifically:
“pages 10-12 and 17-34 and relevant footnotes, all of the Bruce Ohr 302s and other relevant documents, including exculpatory evidence regarding Carter Page and others, that were presented to the Gang of Eight, but not presented to the FISA Court.”
So President Trump requests his FBI Director and Attorney General to declassify those documents as requested by Congress. However, if the FBI Director and/or Attorney General refuse to declassify those documents, then what happens?
Remember, all current behavior reflects the current DOJ and FBI leadership are just as complicit in the current corruption -via the cover-up- as the former DOJ and FBI leadership. The current DOJ/FBI leadership (both members of the executive branch) have been refusing to turn over these and other documents.
Yes, President Trump is the Chief Executive, but unfortunately, he has executive cabinet members who are actively acting against his requests. [See the numerous Trump tweets for examples of the President’s frustration].
Now the ordinary process becomes anything but ordinary.
Now the problem moves from process to politics.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (he’s recused and of no help) so the request goes to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. If they refuse, President Trump’s option is to fire and replace the officials who are blocking the request. However, that option is politically charged…. [hence the media drum beating the 25th amendment; see, this is all coordinated].
AG Jeff Sessions is recused (frustration), and the request would be against the interests of DAG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray who are participating in a cover-up of one of the largest abuses of power in American political history. See the problem?
The President needs the AG or DAG and FBI Director to approve and sign-off on the declassification request. Under normal, non-corrupt, processes this would be simple. However, under corrupt leadership, intent on hiding jaw-dropping abuse of authority within the institutions of the DOJ and FBI, the process is anything but simple.
That’s the current problem.
Hopefully, everyone can see the issue.
Now let’s talk about the “WHY”. Why are Rosenstein and Wray almost certainly unwilling to release the requested material? [If they were willing, it would have already happened]
Here’s where we need to look at the likely cause of many of the redactions, “Sources and Methods” – the all too familiar phrase.
As we saw from the unredacted portions of the original FISA application release, the FBI and DOJ used corrupt intelligence (Steele Dossier) and media reports as “sources” for their original FISA warrant.
It is almost certain that under the redactions currently being requested to be removed there are more media reports used as “sources”. Indeed, Representative Mark Meadows has alluded to exactly that.
The FBI and DOJ have leaked to the media and then used those media reports to validate their FISA warrants and renewal applications. The “sources and methods” are corrupt.
So let’s walk this out while overlaying aspects we have already identified.
How likely is it that the 3rd FISA renewal signed by Rod Rosenstein (June 29th, 2017), the subject of the current request, was based -in part- on media reports?
Highly likely? I would say, yes.
So again, walking this out.
Remember the March 17th, 2017, FISC copy that was given to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), and leaked by the Senate Security Director James Wolfe to his concubine/journalist Ali Watkins?
How likely is it that the Buzzfeed, WaPo and New York Times articles, that used the leaked FISA application in their reporting, were included as part of the renewal request?
Likely? I would say, yes.
If so, think about what has almost certainly happened.
The FISA Court released a copy of the Carter Page FISA application to the SSCI. The SSCI then leaked the FISA Application to the media. The media then reported on Carter Page as part of the vast Russian Conspiracy (the insurance policy) based on the SSCI leak. The FBI and DOJ then used the 2017 media reporting from the SSCI leak to request the June 2017 FISA renewal.
Keep in mind, all of this happened under the current FBI and DOJ leadership.
Can you see the corruption problem for the DOJ and FBI?
Now, keep walking this out. How likely is it that James Wolfe leaked that FISA application at the request of Senators on the SSCI? Remember his defense?
Attorneys for James A. Wolfe sent letters to all 15 senators on the committee, notifying them that their testimony may be sought as part of Mr. Wolfe’s defense, according to two people familiar with the matter. (link)
So what this looks like is an intentional effort within the SSCI (See Mark Warner, Adam Waldman, et al) to create a process to ensure the FISA surveillance warrant was extended in 2017. This renewal was critical; it was part of the insurance policy being executed. Remember Adam Waldman, the guy text messaging with Mark Warner, lying to Chuck Grassley to avoid giving testimony to Congress?
See the big picture?
See the scale of corruption?
Now, do the hit jobs by the New York Times make sense? Anonymous Op-eds? Articles and discussions about needing to invoke the 25th Amendment?
Corrupt politicians, corrupt media, corrupt FBI and DOJ officials past and present; all of them have a vested interest in opposition to any declassification sunlight.
So yes, President Trump can request declassification within his executive authority; however, he needs DOJ and FBI officials within his executive branch who are willing to follow instructions. If those officials are connected -or implicated- directly or indirectly in the corruption…. well, just how would you expect to see it play out?
Perhaps, just perhaps, it would play out exactly as we have been watching it play out for the past nine months.
My friends, what the president has here is a Catch-22 (see definition below). In order to declassify and release the documents, he needs individuals to sign off on the process who will be implicated in criminal acts if they approve the release. President Trump’s only option if Rosenstein and Wray won’t sign off is to fire them both which will require naming new successors thereby igniting a firestorm of political pushback from the democrats. And then, can the newly-named replacements get confirmed?
For those of you too young to be familiar with the phrase, here’s the definition:
- a frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or conditions.
- any illogical or paradoxical problem or situation; dilemma.
- a condition, regulation, etc., preventing the resolution of a problem or situation; catch.
I believe that the British call this kind of situation a ‘sticky wicket,’ referring to a croquet term.