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Nunes: ‘We need an Office of Transparency’ to declassify documents

(National SentinelPlausible Deniability: Frustrated by the lack of progress on holding guilty parties involved in the dubious Obama-era “Spygate” scandal accountable, outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said there should be an “Office of Transparency” connected to the White House that is responsible for deciding which documents can be declassified and released to the public.

“Our investigation is essentially over. We have everything that we need. What we’re lacking now is that we’re lacking the declassification by the president,” Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News of his panel’s look into the handling of the “Russia” inquiry by the Justice Department and the FBI, the Washington Examiner reported.

“For various reasons, the president or his staff doesn’t want to do it. Therefore, I think it’s important if the president doesn’t want his hands on it, we have to have somebody, some office, that’s going to look at all of these issues and all of these documents that need to be declassified,” Nunes added.

“I’m going be working with my colleagues to work on and send some example over to the president of a transparency type of office, so that the Congress, the American people, others can put in requests of documents or issues that they want declassified,” the California Republican said.

“That way the president doesn’t have to take this full burden on and the Congress has somewhere where we can go to try to avoid the swamp creatures from getting involved and ensuring that the American public is kept in the dark,” he noted.

The president vowed in September to declassify documents related to the probe but changed his mind after meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He has since reissued his threat if Democrats follow up on threats to launch multiple investigations into his presidency and his business empire once they take control of the House in January.

“We need to make sure that there’s light. I always say that sunlight is the best disinfectant in Washington,” Nunes told Fox News. “The more that we can get declassified, I think, the better.



“And I think an easy way to do it is to create an office that actually just works directly under the White House that specializes in evaluating this documentation and errs on the side of the more sunlight the better to make sure that everything we want declassified gets declassified,” he continued.

We understand his frustration, but Nunes has been in Washington a long time and he knows that any office ‘connected’ to the White House would summarily be controlled by the White House — meaning documents that a president wanted declassified would be declassified and documents a president wanted hidden would never be released.

What he’s doing, then, is offering POTUS Trump and future presidents plausible deniability — to give him and his successors the opportunity to say publicly when releases of information are politically motivated to say, “Hey, I didn’t authorize anything — talk to the Office of Transparency!”

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This is more smoke and mirrors than a solution. If the president wants something declassified, he has all of the authority he needs to do so, politics be damned. If the president is concerned about embarrassing an ally — as we suspect he is in this case (Great Britain comes to mind) — no office of transparency is going to override a presidential foreign policy decision.

So we’re going to be stuck wondering who the real Spygate culprits are for some time to come any, probably, forever.

That is unless Democrats provoke POTUS Trump into doing something with the information we know he has regarding the Obama spy campaign/Russian collusion hoax launched to undermine him.

We can only hope. — J. D. Heyes

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