Trump “Seriously” Considering Declassifying Key Russia Investigation Documents
Trump “Seriously” Considering Declassifying Key Russia Investigation Documents By Sara Carter
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “seriously” considering declassifying a slew of documents requested by former Republican House leaders investigating the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe. Trump was pummeled with questions during a rancorous White House press briefing where he congratulated Republicans for winning Senate races and said he hoped to work with the new Democratic House leadership.
The president addressed questions regarding whether or not he would end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, stating, “I could, I could fire everybody right now. Politically, I don’t like stopping it.”
“It’s a disgrace,” said Trump of the Special Counsel investigation. “It should have never been started because there is no crime.”
“They all have conflicts over there that are beyond anything anybody has ever seen in terms of conflicts,” he added.
Trump referenced former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired in May of 2017, after DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a scathing letter listing Comey’s failures. That letter led to Trump firing Comey.
Pres. Trump says he could end Mueller probe “right now.”
“I could fire everybody right now. But I don’t want to stop it. Because politically I don’t like stopping it…I let it just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money.” https://t.co/QF15MHrJt2 pic.twitter.com/VaA3XSue50
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
However, after Comey’s firing, Rosenstein (under pressure from Democrats) appointed Mueller to to the Special Counsel to investigate Trump. In October, concerning information about Rosenstein surfaced during a deposition of former FBI General Counsel James Baker. Baker had told lawmakers that he met with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page shortly after they had a meeting with Rosenstein in May, 2017. Baker said that McCabe, Page and Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of secretly recording President Trump. Baker, who was the top lawyer for the FBI and a close confidant of Comey, noted that he was not in the meeting with Rosenstein. Baker said that Rosenstein also discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment on the president in an effort to remove him from office for being unfit.