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Trump could force the FBI and DOJ to release those documents any time he wants. He could call Sessions into the Oval Office and say that if the documents aren't produced in a week, you're fired. If he gets fired, he could have a similar conversation with Rosenstein. And walk down the org chart till they are produced.
Or he could declassify them with a stroke of his pen and direct Sessions to release them.
Trump wants this issue for some reason. He might want them released on his timetable or maybe he just wants the issue. You know how so-and-so is playing chess while everybody else is playing checkers? I think Trump is the one playing chess.
mudbug, agreed, it is a curious standoffishness. Thanks for getting me to think about this paradox. Somewhat like a company CEO complaining to the Board of Directors, "I wonder why my Law Department won't cooperate with you".
Maybe it is timing - when to release FBI/DOJ skullduggery. before november elections?
Or giving time for letting swamp creatures identify themselves by their behavior.
Or a "mutually assured destruction" (MAD) standoff defense against his attackers, current or future?
Or time to let the crazy-biased news media lock themselves into a long history of indefensible positions, and reveal their leakers.
Release could backfire, directly with bad relevations, or indirectly with some damage (real or imagined) to "sources or methods".
It is so complicated that for public understanding it needs to come out slowly.
This is a battle between the anti-Trump DOJ/FBI/CIA/5Eyes-foreign countries, and the DoD/DIA supporting Trump, which is bigger and more complicated than this one issue.
In any event, Trump's willingness to tolerate use of secrecy classification for bureaucrac-ass-covering is puzzling and unhelpful to his supporter's perception of him. He promised to release the JFK files, and gives the appearance of supporting FBI redaction of their $70K table and Stephen Halper's to save lives. What should possibly be "classified" 50 years after JFK's asassiination, except something that all US citizens should know? Why protect a fancy table cost, or a previously-known sometimes-agent's identity then leaked by the FBI itself a few days later?
Wasn't there just a congressional staffer busted for leaking secrets to his honey, a reporter? And that reporter was extracting information from others via the same means?
So how may of these trusted congressional persons (non-elected and elected) have been leaking like sieves, and to whom? Reporters? Lobbyists? Other industrial collectors of information? Foreign agents?
How many Schiffless Representatives do we have? Quite a few, I'd guess, and not all Dems, either.
I expect all the info to come out, but in time. Must get the ducks in order.
I agree with everyone above. I do think that Trump's been handling this from the start as a political issue and has been winning. Congress does have the authority to force the issue, but if they don't do something soon they will lose that authority (which based on being the elected officials of the ultimate boss.......us) in the political sense.
I personally think through his handling of this thing Trump has set up Congress beautifully to exert their position or if not set the stage for the election of more Trump people to Congress.
I think he is trying to handle this the 'right' way, which is to let Congress reassert its constitutional prerogative. IOW's reestablishing and strengthening the co-equal branches. To do that he needs stronger (as above 'Trump people') in the Congress... so he sorta has to roll the dice. I also think he's waiting to see who does the right thing here, who lives up to their oath of office, who puts the interests of the country above their personal interests. Let'em all self-identify.
Xray, I think you are right about "self identify".
Those congress critters who oppose or who do not rake action to enforcement of Congressional oversight, are those on whom the FBI has incrimination evidence of serious scandal or wrongdoing. This has been true since the beginning of the FBI when J Edgar (himself a blackmailed transvestite) Hoover kept secret track of the congressional slime.
So if they don't support the subpoenas, vote them out of office.
Bill H, Xray, and jaybird,
None of which you guys say would surprise me one bit to be true. The Dems may very well win the House this election (just because your cause is right doesn't guarantee victory), but it would be a short term win for them as it would give Trump a "liberal Congress" to run against instead of a "do nothing" Congress. Either one would be great for Trump, if the by elections don't go his way.
PS. Instead of "Trump people" I should have said Conservatives.