“He (Trump) can – and should – declassify everything possible, letting Congress and the public see the truth.
That would put an end to the daily spin and conspiracy theories. It would puncture Democratic arguments that the administration is seeking to gain this information only for itself, to ‘undermine’ an investigation.”
I was listening to NPR this morning and it is too easy to just say that NPR’s coverage on the growing deep state developments is a joke. That is too easy, and dismisses the seriousness of NPR’s editorial tack. (Not that it is the only news outlet pursuing such a tack.)
Let me say that I used to enjoy NPR. But it has gone all in anti-Trump to a stupid level. In discussing Stefan Halper this morning the news network just left out huge pieces of the puzzle, like that Halper’s father-in-law was a CIA deputy director, and that Halper had been accused of pulling (similar) dirty tricks for George Bush Sr. (a former CIA Director) against Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. These are 2 very important facts that NPR just happened to leave out of its Morning Edition analysis today.
The Wall Street Journal continues to counter the liberal mainstream media’s anti-Trump-ness, dropping uncomfortable truth-bombs and refusing to back off its intense pressure to get to the truth and hold those responsible, accountable; in a forum that is hard for the establishment to shrug off as ‘Alt-Right’ or ‘Nazi’ or be ‘punished’ by search- and social-media-giants.
And once again Kimberley Strassel – who by now has become the focus of social media attacks for her truth-seeking and honest reportage – does it again this morning, as she asks, rhetorically, why the FBI and Justice Department contuning evading congressional oversight?
Yes. That is very good question indeed.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.
The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that “investigators” are beyond question. We are meant to take them at their word that they did everything appropriately. Never mind that the revelations of warrants and spies and dirty dossiers and biased text messages already show otherwise.
We are told that Mr. Trump cannot be allowed to have any say over the Justice Department’s actions, since this might make him privy to sensitive details about an investigation into himself. We are also told that Congress – a separate branch of government, a primary duty of which is oversight – cannot be allowed to access Justice Department material. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes can’t be trusted to view classified information – something every intelligence chairman has done – since he might blow a source or method, or tip off the president.
That’s a political judgment, but it holds no authority. The Constitution set up Congress to act as a check on the executive branch—and it’s got more than enough cause to do some checking here. Yet the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation have spent a year disrespecting Congress—flouting subpoenas, ignoring requests, hiding witnesses, blacking out information, and leaking accusations.
A big part of this is that some in the bureaucracy are stonewalling and slow walking everything in the hope that the mid-terms will go against Trump and then they can run for cover – and the truth, what appears to be the truth, can remain officially suppressed.