Trump Orders Russia Investigation Documents Be Declassified – The New York Times

“Mr. Trump also told the Justice Department to release without redactions all text messages of four former F.B.I. officials who worked on the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference and whether any Trump associates conspired with it. Those officials included James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and his deputy, Andrew G. McCabe.

A Justice Department spokesman said the F.B.I. and the department were working to comply with Mr. Trump’s order.

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and one of the president’s most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill, praised Mr. Trump’s decision in a statement and said it came in the face of “unnecessary delays, redactions and refusals.”

“These documents will reveal to the American people some of the systemic corruption and bias that took place at the highest levels of the D.O.J. and F.B.I., including using the tools of our intelligence community for partisan political ends,” Mr. Gaetz said.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, accused the president of abusing his power “to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team and thinks will advance a false narrative.” ”

This is terrible news, and I hope someone can stop this attack on the Justice Department.

An Open Letter to the Deputy Attorney General – The New York Times

“In any case, the memo is yours, and that has compromised your ability to oversee any investigations into Russian meddling. But after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from these matters, because of his own contacts during the campaign with the Russians, the power to launch a truly credible investigation has fallen to you, and you alone.”

I second this plea. So do many readers at the NYT. Here is the lead comment to date:

Mike

Bellingham, WA 7 hours ago

I completely agree with this editorial.

I pray that Mr. Rosenstein has the courage and integrity to do the right thing and assign a special prosecutor to investigate how Russia compromised our democracy.

Americans deserve legitimate investigation. Mr. Rosenstein has the power to restore faith and credibility to our separation of powers…if he does, history will acknowledge him as an unlikely hero during a time of constitutuonal crisis.

And shame on those in congress who are complicit and not speaking out against the agregious actions of this administration.

E.P.A. Chief- Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers.

The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official, rejected a petition filed a decade ago by two environmental groups that had asked that the agency ban all uses of chlorpyrifos. The chemical was banned in 2000 for use in most household settings, but still today is used at about 40,000 farms on about 50 different types of crops, ranging from almonds to apples.”

President Trump- Will You Save the Jews? – Thomas Friedman – NYT

“Dear President Trump:

These are the moments that make or break a presidency.

First you were tested by a rival — Russia — and utterly failed to appreciate the corrosive impact on our democracy of your indulgence of Russia’s hacking our election. And on Wednesday you’re going to be tested by a friend — Israel — and its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. Can you appreciate the corrosive impact on Israel’s democracy of what it’s now doing in the West Bank? I ask because you may be the last man standing between Israel and a complete, self-inflicted disaster for the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

Let me explain it in terms you’ll appreciate: golf.  . . . . ”

 

Excellent op-ed Thomas Friedman. I am with you. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
I remain humbled by the complexities of these problems.
I still do not understand, and therefore oppose, our 3.8 billion USD subsidy to Israel, every year for ten years. Can you explain why it makes sense to share our treasure with this Israeli government? Wouldn’t it make Americans safer if we stopped supporting Jews over Muslims in Israel? China has announced that it will or is investing 350 billion USD in sustainable energy systems. Don’t we have better investments that we should be making, to stay competitive with the growing giant of Asia?

David Lindsay, blogs at OnVietnamAndtheWorld.wordpress.com