President Trump’s Declassification Directive Outlines Specific Process and Direction….

Now that President Trump has officially designated the Declassification Memorandum we can review the specifics for process, content and timing.  Our previous research led to a set of expectations for the directive. Now, that we have the directive in hand, we gain increased clarity of purpose.

♦ First, President Trump has assigned ownership of the Directive to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. This part was predictable because the purpose of declassification would be to facilitate a DOJ review of how the intelligence apparatus was used in the 2016 election.

Additionally, because the DOJ review encompasses intelligence systems potentially weaponized in 2016 for political purposes and intents, President Trump carries: (a) declassification authority; but also: (b) an inherent conflict.  In this DOJ endeavor candidate Trump would have been the target of corrupt agency activity; and therefore would be considered the target/victim if weaponization were affirmed by evidence.

To avoid the conflict President Trump designates the U.S. Attorney General as arbiter and decision-maker for the purposes of declassifying evidence within the investigation:

…”The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.” (link)

Additionally, AG Bill Barr does not need to assemble the intelligence product for approval by the executive (Trump).  Instead the office of the president is granting the AG full unilateral decision-making as to each product being considered for declassification.

This is a huge amount of trust from the President to the Attorney General, and a big responsibility for William Barr:

[Sec 2] …”With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum.”  (read more)

The position-designate slightly works around custom insofar as the intelligence hub, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Dan Coats), is given conference – but the decision making is designated to the Attorney General (Bill Barr).

Essentially the DNI will be following the instructions of the AG for this Memorandum.  This is slightly unusual; but given the purpose, necessary and expected.

♦ Secondly, following protocol, the Memorandum is specific to the agencies carrying the documentation that will be reviewed by the Attorney General: The Secretary of State (Pompeo); the Secretary of Treasury (Mnuchin); the Secretary of Defense (Shanahan); the Secretary of Energy (Perry); the Secretary of Homeland Security (McAleenan); the Director of National Intelligence (Coats); the Director of the CIA (Haspel), and the Attorney General himself (Barr).

The agencies give insight into the intelligence product (ie. evidence) being reviewed.  The Treasury and Energy agency was surprisingly notable:

Considering the purpose of the Memorandum: “The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters“…  The appearance of Treasury and Energy would indicate the pre-existence of investigative evidence; that would be subject to ongoing DOJ review; and potentially be part of ongoing proceedings.

Potential target issues could include: (1) an investigation of Uranium One; (2) an investigation of the Clinton Foundation; and, (3) an investigation of matters related to payments to Iran.

Treasury would come into play with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); which was part of the Uranium One process and also included the Dept. of Energy.  Additional related matters could include George Papadopoulos $10k (Treasury); and The Clinton Foundation.  [Obviously this is supposition, but there are not too many alternate investigative pathways for intelligence within Treasury and Energy.]

The absence of FBI in the memorandum designation is not unusual as the FBI is an internal agency of the DOJ where Barr already has supervision and decision-making authority.

However, that said, one does have to wonder where current FBI Director Christopher Wray, current Deputy Director David Bowditch and current FBI legal counsel Dana Boente line-up within the DOJ investigation itself.

♦ Third, within the memorandum the President does not allow AG Bill Barr to delegate authority.  However, all agencies are required to respond to Barr’s authority.

The purpose of the Declassification Directive also appears to permit the DOJ Inspector General to include classified material in the body of the upcoming report on FISA abuse; this memorandum is granting AG Bill Barr the autonomy to make that decision and declassify that content.

♦ Lastly, regarding the timing of release…. While the purpose of the authority is to empower AG Bill Barr to collect, process and declassify intelligence product that is part of the DOJ investigative review, this does not preclude the public release of intelligence information in advance of the IG report on potential FISA abuse.

Much of the intelligence information may be collected external to the IG review parameters (FISA process), and may be released independently as part of stand-alone declassification that pertains to weaponized DOJ, FBI and CIA political activity.

Ultimately the decision to release, and the timing therein, is now in the hands of U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

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804 Responses to President Trump’s Declassification Directive Outlines Specific Process and Direction….

  1. Jerry is upset! How can you faint while seated? He must be having a stroke!

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  2. Justin Green says:

    I’m wondering now how much thought there is among the scared Democrats that impeachment might be the only way to discredit the investigations underway.

    Trump just backed the rabid Democrats and NeverTrumpers one step further into the corner.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Lisa Mei, we will see many in the 2 parties in 1 more desperate and afraid of consequences since our President said many would face the death penalty which hopefully mean the gallow. Out side this swamp congress we can then see what is and has happened in the intelligence?? groups, then the Obamas and the 3 Clintons, and others who have been inciting sedition. Justice will be served and our soil cleansed. Thank you God again showing that prayers do get answers.

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  4. Pat Childs says:

    Treasury also equals IRS.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. tozerbgood8315 says:

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  6. lol!

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  7. He is too funny!

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  8. Every country is on the list!

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  9. OldParatrooper says:

    Excellent, now we’ll have an opportunity to find out how and when the Trump Russia investigation really started. Was it an Australian diplomat concerned about bar talk that Russians had Hillary’s emails? Or was it an investigation to find planted evidence to throw shade on the political opponent?

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  10. Dumb bill kristol has a poll!
    Trump is at 81% LOL!

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  11. sturmudgeon says:

    I imagine that most readers/treepers/thinkers believe that Intelligence Agencies the world over, operate in ‘slinky’ and ‘sneaky’ ways… but this whole business is SO sleazy/evil, that it truly lboggles the mind! Obama’s Saul Alinsky must be so proud of his students!

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  12. sturmudgeon says:

    Sundance: Thank you! again and forever, for your hard work in making so much of this travesty understandable… don’t know how you do it, year after year. Having little formal education, I truly appreciate it.

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  13. Lots of reports are coming out today in anticipation of the declassification!

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  14. comey on twitter!

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    • Palmettoman says:

      If I was an FBI agent, I’d be pretty upset that a former director thinks of me as such a snowflake…

      Liked by 3 people

    • Ray Runge says:

      Oh Boo Hoo Hoo Saint James. I’m all shook up.

      Liked by 1 person

    • farrier105 says:

      Hey, Jimster–Look who’s talking about being a disgrace!

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    • Bill_M says:

      Just a thought: Wouldn’t that be just what you’d think someone involved in potentially treasonous behavior would say?

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    • Carrie2 says:

      coda, apparently Comey forgot he was a Clinton club member and stopped the solution of her crimes while we all know and many knew back then that Obama and Clintons were the ones involved in collusion/connection to Russia and clearly noted when she sold a portion of our uranium to Russia, and we will never forget Obama telling Putin to wait after the election would he/things would be more flexible. Truth and Justice will out no matter how they try to lie or cover up.

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  15. History Teaches says:

    So much intrepid, persistent real investigative journalism from Sundance and many others in the alternative media. One day there will be books and history courses that focus on the entire scope of this radical perversion of government and media institutions.

    It goes very far back, and at some point McCarthy will be rehabilitated and ‘the Communist menace’ will be envisioned in all it’s forms as it has morphed into Globalism.

    It may take years of cleansing, but revelations about the depth and breadth of corruption ought to cause enough shock waves to at least jolt the entire population into waking up to the deceptions that have been masquerading as truth.

    It has to lead to a thorough focus on academia, and the leaders and apologists for the ideology that these traitors have been enacting. Revisit the Frankfort school and their foundations, and Ron Fournier’s perversion called ‘accountability journalism.’ These are just a couple of examples.

    Ideally, some of the best literary historians like Conrad Black, Victor David Hanson, Bill Bennett amongst others will write thorough, engaging and captivating accounts of this time of treason that filter into the educated public at large.

    Those hacks Woodward and Bernstein have coasted into careers of fame and riches on the basis of a dubious simple scandal. What we have now is history that needs to be objectively etched into the archives and recorded for posterity.

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    • mr.piddles says:

      “One day there will be books and history courses that focus on the entire scope of this radical perversion of government and media institutions.”

      I agree. But first we have to wade through this Sh*t Pile to get there. Along the way we need a total reset on the term “news media”. When your average informed Interweb Blogger or Twitter Tweeterer is a more reliable source of useful information than your average “Media Outlet”, then we have a real problem. History books won’t do any good if nobody reads them.

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    • lfdale says:

      Bernstein is the worst, he is so political it make me sick. All of the good will he had is now gone, He is just a mouth piece for the democrats. msm = “Liberal Democrat Media”

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  16. Bernard Vanasse says:

    Sundance
    DiGenova on Howie Carr . Wray kept loads of documents from Horowitz . Report may be pushed back .Barr livid .

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Anybody that’s good at researching net worth
      over the years should take a look see at Wray.

      Guy is worth 42 million. I’ll give him a few benefits
      of the doubt. He’s from old money ( prep schools
      Yale). He married into old money ( Howell Mill Road
      in Atlanta is named after his wife’s family).

      If the money isn’t from inherited wealth, when did
      he suddenly become worth a whole lot of $$$?

      He left DOJ in 2005. Right after Enron. If the dates
      were after September of 2005, Scooter Libby was
      in the mix during that time.

      Reason I’m asking: I smell Comey 2.0
      Comey kept getting vast rewards for looking the
      other way regarding all things Clinton. This bunch
      tends to buy people off by having them arrange
      the outcomes they want. So…. if anybody
      can find out: When in the scheme of things did
      Wray hit the Jackpot?

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    • myw900@hotmail.com says:

      link?… tia,

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Bernard, so Horowitz is now part of the problem and I have no empathy nor sympathy for him not being completely honest and of course Wray must be removed and punished for allowing a continuing sad and ruined FBI.

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  17. It is embarrassing, really, to compare what “Washington politicians” have been doing for more than two and a half years to what Trump has done, and continues to do, about the selfsame things. And they still proclaim to wonder why they lost? And expect to win again? What are they smoking?

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