National leaders of all stripes have complained for decades that Washington keeps too many secrets. Too much of the government's information is classified, the argument goes, making it nearly impossible for Americans to know what their leaders are doing. "Secrecy is a mode of regulation," Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote in 1997, when the congressionally created board he headed, the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, released a report. "In truth, it is the ultimate mode, for the citizen does not even know that he or she is being regulated." Moynihan hoped that a "culture of openness" would develop to balance the culture of secrecy. It didn't happen. A dozen years later, in 2009, The New York Times editorialized that the federal government's creation of "107 different categories of restricted information ... seems designed not to protect legitimate secrets but to empower bureaucrats." Still more recently, when the House held hearings on secrecy in 2015, the … [Read more...] about On Trump-Russia, too much secrecy keeps public in dark
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Fox News Channel legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, author of The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump, described the “Trump-Russia collusion” as “an effort to undo the election.” He offered his remarks during a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.Jarrett said, “There was scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump. Top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice were threatened by Trump; this guy is going to come in there and drain the swamp, and that threatened their jobs and their positions. There is nothing that will motivate people more than power forfeited, so people like James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andy McCabe, people at the Department of Justice decided that they were going to clear Hillary Clinton of the many crimes she surely committed. To do that, they had to twist the facts and … [Read more...] about Exclusive–Gregg Jarrett: ‘Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax’ a Scheme to Clear Hillary, Undo Election
POLITICS 07/27/2018 03:07 pm ET Updated 1 minute ago Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign can be a lot to keep up with. By Ryan J. Reilly Let’s start at the top. When did this Trump-Russia investigation begin? 🇷🇺 Two years, or roughly a million news cycles ago, give or take. The FBI’s original Trump-Russia investigation got underway in the summer before the 2016 campaign, though the public wasn’t really aware of it then. (In contrast to the extremely public FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the bureau followed protocol and never publicly acknowledged that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was under investigation for its ties to a hostile foreign government.) The little reporting on the probe at the time underplayed the gravity of the investigation. Not long before the election, The New York Times said in a piece titled … [Read more...] about The Mueller Investigation, Explained. Here’s Your Guide To The Trump-Russia Probe.
POLITICS 07/21/2018 10:32 pm ET The agency's wiretap applications reveal startling suspicions about the onetime Trump campaign adviser. By Mary Papenfuss In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the FBI believed that Carter Page, a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, was “conspiring and collaborating with the Russian government,” according to startling wiretap warrant applications released Saturday by the Justice Department. The 412 pages of documents, including an initial wiretap warrant application and three follow-up renewals, were heavily redacted. But they included damning passages concerning Page, who served for a time as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government... to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law,” the documents say. The FBI also … [Read more...] about FBI: Trump Campaign Aide Carter Page Was ‘Collaborating’ With Russia
POLITICS 07/16/2018 04:07 pm ET Friday's indictments didn't usher in much of a sea change, a new poll finds. We'll see if the Helsinki summit does. By Ariel Edwards-Levy As news from the probes into Russian meddling in U.S. politics continues to accumulate, public opinion on President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has remained basically the same. Americans have been more likely than not to be troubled by the way the White House deals with the country, but the concerns haven’t been growing. If anything could change Americans’ minds, it might be expected to be the joint news conference Trump held Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump parried a question about holding Russia accountable for the poor relationship between the countries by insisting that the U.S. had been “foolish” and shared the blame for the acrimony. He also undercut the U.S. intelligence community by declining to back their … [Read more...] about Few Trump-Russia Stories Have Changed Americans’ Minds. Will This One?