Top Democrats have called on deep state members of the FBI and the Department of Justice to sabotage President Trump’s order to declassify documents relating to the Russia investigation.
On Monday, Trump ordered the release of Russia-related text messages from former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page.
Last night, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator Charles Schumer all signed a letter which was sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding that the relevant agencies ignore Trump’s order until Congress is consulted.
“Your agencies’ review, and any communication with the White House on the substance of the material, should not proceed further until you have briefed the Gang of Eight in person,” states the letter.
Showdown? In letter, Pelosi/Schumer/Schiff/Warner order intel agencies to ignore presidential order on declassification until consulting with Congress. https://t.co/x7JDUJd4t0 pic.twitter.com/o64PC7EEFQ
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 19, 2018
Democrats are likely to find sympathy with many people within the FBI and DOJ, who have already frustrated the release of documents under the guise of them being classified.
According to Fox News’ Greg Jarrett, if Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein refuses to release the documents, Trump should fire him for “rank insubordination”.
Rosenstein has every reason to suppress the records. They may incriminate him. He affixed his signature to the final renewal of the FISA warrant application to continue spying on Carter Page,” writes Jarrett. “He vouched for the authenticity and veracity of the information contained therein. But if it was largely based on a “dossier” that was unverified and uncorroborated, Rosenstein may have been complicit in misusing his position of power in pursuit of a president who was wrongfully targeted by the FBI and DOJ.”
According to some commentators, the situation represents a constitutional crisis.
“President Trump has issued an order to his subordinates to declassify certain information related to the Russia investigation. He has plenary declassification authority as the President of the United States. The FBI and DOJ are subordinate to him. Congress does not get to order Executive Branch officials to defy a president — that is actually a constitutional crisis,” said DC-based lawyer Will Chamberlain.
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