Sunlight declassification best disinfectant against FISA abuses

Sept. 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s declassification of the June 2017 FISA Court application against Carter Page, 302 reports from Bruce Ohr connected to the Carter Page FISA and all text messages from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr:

“It has been long said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. For the two and a half years, Obama era Justice Department officials and their allies have controlled information leaking to the press when it suited them as it put both candidate and then President Donald Trump in the worst possible light. Now those same leakers are claiming that full disclosure around the facts surrounding the FISA surveillance warrants that launched the broader Russia investigation for all to see would do harm to our national security. I cannot imagine more harm to our nation being done than the despicable actions of the Obama holdovers in their clear attempts to influence the U.S. election against Trump and then after to continue to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency under the false Russia collusion pretense.

“If foreign governments colluded with the Justice Department, the CIA, the State Department and other agencies in an attempt to spy on the Trump campaign, influence our elections and then interfere with our political processes, then the American people have a right to know the truth. We know that the author of the infamous dossier that was used to justify spying on the Trump campaign was a former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.  We know that the person who intercepted George Papadopoulos was an Australian diplomat.  These are facts in the public domain, and it is important for the public to have the full record of the rest of it so the rotten roots of the poisoned tree that brought us the Mueller probe can be exposed.  Most importantly, these facts need to be fully disclosed so that in the future, the temptation to abuse power within our intelligence agencies is tempered by the reality of exposure.

“On a different note, it is mildly amusing to watch major media outlets who have thrived on releasing classified information under the rubric of the public’s right to know now twist themselves into knots arguing against transparency. Apparently, when they are getting leaks, it is okay, but when the entire documents get released it is somehow a threat.  This is just one more proof point that the controlled national media are nothing more than partisan frauds.”

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