Former President Donald Trump said the Justice Department should “absolutely” declassify remaining records related to the original Trump-Russia probe, “especially in light” of Special Counsel John Durham’s recent bombshell court filing alleging that Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid someone to spy on Trump’s internet traffic as both a candidate and a sitting president.
“They have the declassification order,” Trump told Fox News. “And they should declassify, absolutely, especially in light of what has just happened and what has just been revealed.”
In a Feb. 11 court filing, Durham alleged that “Tech Executive-1” (Rodney Joffe) and his associates, including a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, “exploited” internet traffic pertaining to “(i) a particular healthcare provider, (ii) Trump Tower, (iii) Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and (iv) the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP),” to “establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’” to link Trump to Russia.
“Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited this arrangement by mining the EOP’s DNS traffic and other data for the purpose of gathering derogatory information about Donald Trump,” Durham said.
Trump instructed then-Attorney General Bill Barr to begin a declassification process of records related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016 following the completion of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation, which yielded no evidence to support the hoax.
“We did declassify, and people saw them, and I think you’ll see some big stuff,” Trump told Fox News.
And now he’s calling on Biden’s Justice Department, under the direction of Attorney General Merrick Garland, to release records showing “tremendous dishonesty and corruption” to the public.
A 2019 White House statement said Trump “directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election.” Trump’s order as the time gave Barr “full and complete authority to declassify information” pertaining to the investigation, according to Fox News.
“Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” the White House statement read.
Trump praised Durham for having the courage to report his findings.
“I gained great respect for John Durham, that he was able to do this, and that he would put it out, because other people knew it and it wasn’t coming out—it just wasn’t coming out,” he said in Tuesday’s interview. “And to think, we went through a whole Mueller scam, and nothing was said.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent Garland a letter Tuesday saying he has “failed” to follow Trump’s order to declassify all records related to the FBI’s original Trump-Russia probe, Fox News reported.
The GOP senators demanded that Garland “produce those records to Congress and the American people without improper redactions.”
“We remain concerned that over one year from the date then-President Trump directed the Justice Department to declassify certain Crossfire Hurricane records the Justice Department has not only failed to declassify a single page, the Department has failed to identify for Congress records that it knows with certainty to be covered by the declassification directive,” the letter stated.
“When the Department is able to (1) identify with certainty the records subject to the declassification directive; (2) confirm the records are not those that have already been reviewed by our staff; and (3) agree that no improper redactions will be placed on those records, our staff stand ready to review in camera prior to production to Congress,” they wrote. “Absent those conditions, our staff should not have to spend potentially multiple days and countless hours in the Department’s classified facility only to play a guessing game with the Department about what document may or may not be covered by the declassification directive and potentially review records that have already been produced to Congress.”
Meanwhile, the media is all but ignoring Durham’s recent findings implicating Hillary Clinton and her campaign, despite dedicating relentless coverage to the Russian collusion hoax.
The Media Research Center reported in 2019 that ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts alone spent an astounding 2,634 minutes covering the investigation through July 20, 2019.
“That’s nearly one-fifth (19.5%) of all of these broadcasts’ Trump coverage, a huge shadow on his presidency,” analyst Rich Noyes wrote.
By contrast, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted Tuesday: “Since Durham’s filing became public on Friday, NBC, ABC, and CBS have not mentioned it once on their morning or evening newscasts.”
Since Durham’s filing became public on Friday, NBC, ABC, and CBS have not mentioned it once on their morning or evening newscasts.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 15, 2022
Fox News also noted that MSNBC “completely ignored the revelations Durham made in the court filing late Friday night through Monday, with “Morning Joe” finally mentioning the filing only to mock Durham in the process. CNN, meanwhile, “dedicated less than three minutes to the subject during the same period with only one mention on Monday’s installment of ‘The Lead.'”
“It’s absolutely stunning that virtually all the major newspapers and the other networks are absolutely determined to ignore this story,” Fox News’ media reporter Howie Kurtz said Monday.
“Now, they cover every throat-clearing by the January 6 committee and all the coverage of Russian-Gate that you just gave us a taste of, but this is an actual federal prosecutor delivering actual evidence in a court filing, not some anonymously sourced story,” he explained to host Martha MacCallum. “Yet, these other places are just magically declaring it to be non-news. Doesn’t even get, ‘Well, it’s overblown or it’s unproven.’ Doesn’t get a mention. I thought by today they would come back with some semblance of coverage.”
Andy McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and Fox News contributor, called the media’s disinterest in the report of a sitting president being spied on “breathtaking.”
“For all the strident claims about how the Clinton campaign pushed the government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus into spying on President Trump, Special Counsel Durham has thus far charged no crimes along those lines. The indictment of Democratic Party lawyer Michael Sussmann merely alleges that he lied to the FBI to conceal that he was working for the Clinton campaign and tech executive Rodney Joffe,” McCarthy told Fox News Digital.
“That said, though, it is just breathtaking to watch the media-Democrat complex, which hyped Robert Mueller’s every move in the bogus Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ caper, suddenly develop laryngitis in the matter of Durham’s probe — that is, when it is not outright hostile,” he continued. “You would almost be convinced that journalists do not want a close examination of what thin gruel they turned into a three-year scandal, seeking to destroy the Trump administration’s capacity to govern.”
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