(National Sentinel) Unconstitutional: You can always tell how desperate and panicked Democrats are about the disclosure of certain information to the public by the level of authoritarianism they are willing to engage in.
And boy, are they panicked over POTUS Donald Trump’s intent to order the Justice Department to declassify all documents related to FISA warrant applications used by the Obama Deep State to spy on the president’s 2016 campaign.
On Tuesday we reported that the president had ordered the declassification of those documents and what to look for; there are a lot of people who, if (and it’s a big ‘if’) the justice system works will have a lot of explaining to do to a grand jury. Many of them will be lucky if escape jail time.
But judging by the reactions of top Democrats late Tuesday, not only do they appear to believe allies of theirs may be headed to jail, they are openly encouraging the FBI and Justice Department to defy the duly-elected president and refuse to comply with his order.
In a letter signed by Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator Charles Schumer and sent to Director Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Director Wray, the four Democrats ordered the two officials not to comply with POTUS Trump’s declassification instruction.
Showdown? In letter, Pelosi/Schumer/Schiff/Warner order intel agencies to ignore presidential order on declassification until consulting with Congress. https://t.co/x7JDUJd4t0 pic.twitter.com/o64PC7EEFQ
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 19, 2018
In short, despite the fancy wording and talk of ‘procedure,’ the president has absolute authority under Article 2 of the Constitution to order any Executive Branch agency to declassify anything, a power that is not subject to congressional approval.
As The Gateway Pundit reports, D.C.-area attorney Will Chamberlain says the letter amounts to a constitutional crisis. He has urged majority Republicans to consider taking action against those who signed the letter.
“You are equal branches of government, but they’re not subordinate to you,” Chamberlain said of the letter signers. “I’m sorry — President Trump has not issued a request to the intelligence agencies that they declassify this information, he has issued an order.”
He went on, noting, “President Trump has issued an order to his subordinates to declassify certain information related to the Russia investigation. He has plenary declassification authority as the President of the United States. The FBI and DOJ are subordinate to him. Congress does not get to order Executive Branch officials to defy a president — that is actually a constitutional crisis.”
Or not. There’s no indication that Wray and Coats are set to defy the president. And if they do, he’ll be within his authority to fire them immediately — and keep firing subsequent officials until the agencies comply with his order.
The Democrats are in full panic mode. They know the FISA warrants were bogus because they were based on a lie, a hoax, a made-up “collusion” scandal concocted by the highly politicized Obama Deep State.
And when the full story is told, sure seems like some of them may be caught up in legal jeopardy too.