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As Democrats lobbed political attacks at President Donald Trump for trying to get to the bottom of how disproved allegations his campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election originated, the president said Friday his order to declassify documents is designed to get to the truth.

“[W]e want to be very transparent. So, as you know, I declassified everything. Everything they want. I put it under the auspices of the attorney general. He’s going to be in charge of it. He’s a great gentleman and a highly respected man,” Trump said Friday during a question-and-answer session with the media outside the White House before leaving for Japan, according to a White House media pool report.

“We’re exposing everything,” Trump said. “We’re being a word that you like: ‘transparent.’ We’re being — ultimately, we’re being transparent, and that’s what it’s about.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, used different words, labeling Trump’s order to declassify documents relating to intelligence officials’ actions in 2016 a “corrupt escalation of the president’s intention” to politicize the intelligence community.

“The clear intent of this abuse of power is to override longstanding rules governing classified information to serve the president’s political interests, advance his ‘deep state’ narrative, and target his political rivals,” Schiff said in a statement, Fox News reported.

Trump, however, said Friday that digging into into the roots of the Russia probe will get the American people the answers they have been denied.

The core of Trump’s contention is that allegations against him or members of his campaign were manufactured by a combination of political figures, intelligence community officials and other individuals who wanted to keep him out of office.

Allegations against Trump eventually culminated in a probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who, after almost two years of investigating, found there was no collusion.

“[T]hey’ll be able to see how this hoax; how the hoax or witch hunt started and why it started. It was a — an — attempted coup or an attempted takedown of the president of the United States. It should never, ever happen to anybody else. So it’s very important,” Trump said. “And you’re going to learn a lot. I hope it’s going to be nice, but perhaps it won’t be.”

The new investigation will be overseen by Attorney General William Barr, who will decide which documents to declassify.

Trump said Friday the nation should trust Barr’s judgment.

“I declassified, I guess, potentially, millions of pages of documents. I don’t know what it is. I have no idea. But I want to be transparent. Everybody wanted me to declassify. I’ve done it. And you can almost say [Barr is] the trustee,” the president said. “He’s a highly respected man. Our attorney general is in charge. Let’s see what he finds.”

Trump said unearthing who did what is not payback, but essential information.

“[Y]ou have to get down to what happened. Because what happened is a tremendous blight on our country. What happened — the investigation — they tried to do a takedown, and you can’t do that. And let me just tell you: This should never, ever happen to another president again,” he said.

“It’s the greatest hoax, probably, in the history of our country. And somebody has to get to the bottom of it. We’ll see. But for a long period of time, they’ve wanted me to declassify and I did.”

During the media session, Trump was asked about trying to work with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California.

“I want to do what’s good for the country. I think Nancy Pelosi is not helping this country. I think the Democrats are obstructionists. They’re hurting our country very, very badly, ” Trump said, noting that House Democrats are focused on investigating him, not passing legislation.

“We can pass so many different bills right now, but all they want to do is investigate because they failed with Robert Mueller and the Mueller report. They want to try and get a do-over of the Mueller report. It doesn’t work that way,” he added.

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11 Comments

  1. Moracle

    May 26, 2019 at 2:05 am

    The Dems DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT ! They’ve been demanding that Trump release everything because they thought he was hiding incriminating info against himself. Now that he’s releasing them, they are mad that he is doing so, and accusing him of ulterior motives…

    I l LOVE it, because, as they say, give a person enough rope and he’ll hang himself, that’s exactly what’s happening with the Dems. The whole Nation and the whole World sees this ridiculous group as a bumbling, non-entity when it comes to doing their job as Reps and getting bills handled in Congress, they’re too hung up in “Let’s find a boogy man in Trump or his people…

    They’re handling their positions in Congress like an uninformed, resentful, getting even mentality of a child.

    • alex jacques

      May 26, 2019 at 3:23 am

      It is a crazy and confusing system that has been created by the people of the Good Old USA. I doubt very much if it will change quickly, but many people including myself are beginning to see the cracks appearing in it. They actually created the government system that is in power. I can understand people thinking socialism will correct the problem in the system but we all know it will not. It seems to act much like magnetism. Like poles repel. unlike poles attract. Sure looks like people are like magnets, They either attract and succeed or repel and perish. They even are saying that they enjoy what they are doing,,Amazing to say the least.

      • Evangeline

        May 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

        alex jacques – Americans didn’t create this governmental mess you see taking place. Evil people snuck into our gov. like Obama and the Clintons, Democrats who are enemies of this country and other people in the upper DOJ covered their crimes. Republicans are trying to rid our gov. of all these corrupt people, prosecute them and restore our constitution and it’s values. And Trump is doing a great job of that and restoring our country’s military and economy despite the terrible mess Obama and Clinton left him with.

  2. Tom

    May 26, 2019 at 4:47 am

    It is great that all has been declassified. A.G.Barr will now come under pressure from the Dems to not release this, Then if he does not they will scream coverup. They are playing very Serious game. Not only against President Trump but also every Citizen of this Country. They do not want all the dirty deeds and deals they have made to become public knowledge. AG Barr i personally am asking you to release everything and be damned.

  3. Daniel Brofford

    May 26, 2019 at 6:21 am

    AG Barr is going to be a very busy man the next couple of years. I hope Barr releases this stuff on the same day they start arresting people. Arresting these traitors is the only way for the FBI & the DOJ to get back the respect of the American people. We know it wasn’t all 27,000 FBI agents and all 28,000 CIA agents but if but we do know it was from the top down 3 or 4 tiers. I want for all criminals both Republican & democrat to go to jail. If you committed a crime you need to be arrested. That’s the difference between a conservative and a liberal. A liberal only wants the other side arrested.

  4. MissD

    May 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Get em TRUMP !!!!
    TRUMP 2020 !!!!!

    • JAIME.

      May 26, 2019 at 10:49 am

      YES!

  5. harold

    May 26, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Whatever The Truth: tell It!

  6. Errollus

    May 27, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Go for it President Trump!

  7. J R

    May 28, 2019 at 6:53 am

    It’s TIME for the truth……..no matter WHO goes down. America has been ripped off by the “good ole boy ESTABLISHMENT,” that lives on BOTH sides of the aisle for much too long. We did not get 21 TRILLION DOLLARS in debt because these butt wipes in Washington were taking care of YOU, ME and AMERICA. They have been taking care of THEMSELVES, their families and their cronies. Nearly every piece of legislation that goes through congress is filled with PORK……..for THEM. Blow the lid off of the secrecy. Let the heads ROLL.

  8. Adam Selene

    May 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    “…And The Truth Shall Set You Free…” Good Bye to fake news and jerks that undermine our great country and the rights and privileges we enjoy and treasure.

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