President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to approve the release of all documents related to the high-level Russia investigation and the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State was welcomed by supporters and critics declined.
Trump went to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he would publish all relevant files related to “the greatest political crime in American history, the Russia Hoax”. He said he also wanted all relevant documents related to the Clinton email investigation.
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Trump’s request came the day after he was released from Walter Reed Medical Center after a brief stint after receiving COVID-19. The presidential election is just around the corner and Trump appears to have some reason to improve, according to recent polls.
The president’s announcement sparked a heated social media exchange.
General Michael Hayden, the former CIA director under President George W. Bush, got into a public conflict on Twitter with Richard Grenell, the former acting director of the National Intelligence Service under Trump.
Grenell had tweeted a link to an exclusive Fox News story about John Ratcliffe, the administration’s top intelligence officer, and the release of documents showing that former CIA director John Brennan told former President Obama about Clinton’s alleged “plan” to whom the then-candidate Trump was tied, according to a source, before the 2016 presidential election, Russia will “distract the public from using a private e-mail server”.
Grenell, a vocal Trump supporter, tweeted that the report was “evidence” that Obama and Joe Biden, his then-vice president, “directed their administration to use government powers to attack Trump’s campaign and transition team.” .
“The Susan Rice [Obama’s national security adviser] Emailing yourself after the Oval Office meeting was part of the cover-up, ”Grenell wrote.
Hayden, who has spoken about Trump in the past and announced his support for Biden, replied to Grenell: “You’re a ** hole. Really.”
Grenell replied, “I can see you don’t like being exposed. And so you use attribution. Transparency is not political. “
Last week, Ratliffe wrote in a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, RS.C., that US intelligence agencies had “glimpse” into Russian espionage in late July 2016 because Clinton, who was running for president, approved a campaign plan to spark a scandal against Trump.
Ratcliffe added that American intelligence “is ignorant of the veracity of this claim or the extent to which Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or forgery.”
Trump supporters have long insisted that the investigation into his campaign and transition was the result of the Democrats’ inability to overcome his 2016 victory. Trump supporters took to Twitter to praise the development.
Charlie Kirk, co-founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted, “Let me be clear: Hillary Clinton planned, funded and carried out the Russian joke. The Intel agencies knew about Obama and informed him about it … and one seems to be taking care of it. Where’s Adam Schiff? Where’s Rachel Maddow? This is a bomb and they completely ignore it. “
Mark Levin, the host of Life, Liberty & Levin, tweeted the same Fox News link and said, “Caught in the act! That’s big! A long time ago, on March 2nd, 2017, I said Obama should know. “
Some of Trump’s critics took to Twitter to downplay the importance of the announcement and tried to label it as a last-minute sign of desperation for his campaign.
Garrett M. Graff, the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity program, appeared to mock the president’s announcement and poke fun at the president’s state of mind after receiving treatment for coronavirus, which included that One of the steroid dexamethasone was. He asked if Trump’s decision was based on “steroid-induced anger”.
Andrew S. Weiss, the James Family Chair and Vice President of Studies at Carnegie Endowment, called the developments a “total national security offense”.
“The DNI Ratcliffe memo said Trump instructed him to downgrade inconclusive / unconvincing cherry-picked clippings of CIA documents in order to exaggerate the false claim that Russian interference was a” joke. ” was driven by Clinton and former CIA chief John O. Brennan, ending the tweet “#embarassment”.
Allies of the president have criticized officials such as FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, alleging the directors blocked the release of documents.
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Trump wrote on Tuesday: “All information about the hoax scandal in Russia was released by me a long time ago. Unfortunately, the people in our country have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the greatest political crime in our country’s history.”
“Action!!!” he tweeted.
Brooke Singman of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report