Donald Trump wants to “play tough,” if the House Democrats go forward with their investigations into him. After all, he does consider Democrats his enemies. Yet, that threat does not seem to frighten any of the Democrats who will take over the House on January 3, 2019 and install their own committee chairs. In fact, they appear to be plowing forward with even more force.
POTUS gave in interview to the very conservative New York Post, which is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The Australian-born American owns Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, and even The National Geographic and has put his conservative spin on all of them. Trump said:
‘If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.’
Democrats have a long wish list of investigations. This will be refreshing to see the House doing its job of holding 45 in check. The Republicans either feared him or actively carried his water, as Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) did.
The newly installed chairs will probably investigate the Russia attack on the U.S. presidential election immediately. Then, there are the issues that Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney, Michael Cohen, discussed in 70 hours with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The special counsel has also been investigating the president’s obstruction of justice regarding the Russian investigation.
Democrats want Trump’s tax returns for their probe into the president’s financial matters. He was the first president in recent history to refuse to turn them over. The Dems hope to discover whether the president’s odd deference toward Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) have anything to do with his private business operations.
The president continued threatening the Democrats in his Post interview:
‘The President told the Post he wants to save the documents for when he can use them against the Democrats most effectively. “It’s much more powerful if I do it then, because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.’
The day after the midterm elections revealed a huge Democratic blue wave, Trump started threatening them. In a press conference, he said that he was taking “a warlike posture.” Is it possible that in attacking the opposition’s party, the commander-in-chief intentionally or unintentionally has been trying to start a different sort of civil war?
A reporter at the press conference asked the president if he would “play that game and investigate” Democrats, Trump said,
‘Oh, yeah. Better than them.’
This was not the first time that the man sitting in the Oval Office weaponized declassifying documents; although that is not something presidents have done in the past. Trump threatened to release documents and text messages about Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian attack.
The president has not given up on using this new form of weapon against the Democrats. He has said repeatedly that should the new House chairs continue with their investigations, he will declassify damaging documents.
In an unprecedented move, Trump directed both his director of national intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to start an “immediate declassification” of parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application on one of his former aides, Carter Page, according to a statement released by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
He wanted “all FBI reports of interviews” related to the FISA application. Should Trump actually do this, he would be undermining the FBI’s closely-held techniques and people.
‘In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary.’
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