He means it: Signs positive so far on Russiagate declassification battle plan

He means it: Signs positive so far on Russiagate declassification battle plan
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The fact that we can see such signs immediately is a sign in itself, because it means this was precoordinated.  That seems to answer the question whether the scope of President Trump’s declassification order was comprehensive.

If it was comprehensive, it had to be planned and coordinated.  It wouldn’t work if it weren’t.

Let’s revisit, meanwhile, what Trump’s tweet on Tuesday said:

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“I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”

There was a follow-on tweet an hour later:

“All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!”

There wasn’t a lot to make of this at the time, other than the usual blustering tone.  But we know from experience that Trump is always communicating for a reason.

I held fire last night, as these additional tweets went flying by,

Including pointed retweets.

Wednesday morning brought these.

POTUS seemed pretty energetic on this topic.  He’s been energetic before, but I don’t remember quite such a barrage of tweets hammering the “where are the charges?” theme.

Then Wednesday also brought this.

That’s news.  The day after Trump tweets “declassify it all!” – the DNI sends 1,000 documents to the DOJ.

Those 1,000 documents were already identified, racked, stacked, and ready to be sent.  That’s precoordination.  Not only did the DNI know which documents his office was going to send; the Justice Department undoubtedly did too.  It just hadn’t (a) seen them unredacted, and/or (b) received clearance to use them in a court proceeding.  This is probably a set of documents John Durham’s team has been waiting for.  This is what they’ve been doing all those months.

Journalist Paul Sperry also provided news.  Gateway Pundit collated it; the bottom line is that according to the information from Sperry’s sources, “Joe Biden is now the subject of an active federal criminal investigation into his role in the CI probe directed at Trump’s 2016 campaign.”

“Ukrainian witnesses,” says Sperry, “are cooperating.”

That’s movement.  This too is what Barr, Durham & Co. have been doing all those months.  Keep in mind, Ukraine, its connections to the DNC and Hillary, and its activities with the Obama administration, and with Joe Biden in particular, are all integral to the anti-Trump operation of 2016.  Whether or not the DOJ received cueing directly from Ukrainian sources, the cueing from information readily available for investigation in the United States was sufficient to merit a DOJ probe.

At Gateway Pundit, Christina Laila ends on a note of concern about the DOJ probe into Biden and the Biden family business in Ukraine.

“Will the ‘active investigation’ be used to hide documents?” she asks. She includes a tweet with words to that effect.

And the answer is, Very possibly.

Hee hee.  That’s a feature, not a bug.  From whom will such documents be “hidden?”  Not from the prosecutor at the DOJ.

If the documents are withheld from anyone because of the active investigation, they’ll be withheld, as the tweep suggests, from Congress (and the media and the public, of course, but Congress is what matters).

That means Adam Schiff can’t spend his days on Capitol Hill slipping information from the documents to the media.

In the next few months, the DOJ will have the documents it needs, but there’s a good chance most of them won’t be released, other than in redacted form, to a leaky Congress.  Congress will probably get some redacted documents, and that will be useful to some extent for analysis of what’s going on when trials haven’t started yet, or may have sessions behind closed doors.  But Congress won’t be able to prejudice courtroom proceedings by releasing information out of sync with prosecutors.

That’s not a bad thing at all.  If we want indictments to actually produce something, it’s a good thing.  Congress and the public will have our day.  We’ll have to, because a whole lot of the Obamagate shenanigans aren’t necessarily prosecutable.  They’re just unconscionable, unacceptable, and unsustainable in a constitutional republic.  That’s for us to take on as a political question; i.e. how do we fix it.

So far, this is looking promising: gears engaged, governor on.  The ride is officially in motion.  We’ll see where it goes.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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