President Trump, Congress, and the courts are able to get records about Susan Rice’s “unmasking” of Trump transition officials out of the Obama Presidential Library.
Obama stashed the records in his library, according to Judicial Watch’s announcement Monday, which cited a letter from the National Security Council (NSC). Judicial Watch tried to get the records through the Freedom of Information Act, but the watchdog group was denied, with the NSC citing a Presidential Records Act statute that protects presidential records from public disclosure for a period of five years.
It appears, then, that Rep. Devin Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee subpoenas to the NSA, CIA, and FBI will come up fruitless, with the Deep State agencies deferring to the Obama Library. But don’t worry.
There are a number of things wrong here.
Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton:
The NSC stated in its letter that “Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”
First of all, Barack Obama’s presidential library does not actually exist. The proposed library in Jackson Park, Chicago, will not be fully constructed until 2021. So where are the records? Physically speaking, where are the records? Are the records at the construction site? What constitutes the Obama Library, as an entity, at this point in time?
What purpose do these records serve in an Obama library? Will the museum feature a “Surveilling Trump” exhibit next to one about Obama’s boyhood years in Hawaii? Will “Susan Rice’s Unmasking” play as an in-house movie for library guests? By 2021, the left’s partisan hatred might be formidable enough to make this a reality.
The federal government still owns the records, not the museum, according to the National Archives website: “The United States shall reserve and retain complete ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records; and such records shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.”
The national Archivist has custody of the records, according to the Archives site: “Upon the conclusion of a President’s term of office, or if a President serves consecutive terms upon the conclusion of the last term, the Archivist of the United States shall assume responsibility for the custody, control, and preservation of, and access to, the Presidential records of that President.”
Since the NSC cited the five-year confidentiality window, that means the only thing specifically hiding the records is the Presidential Records Act, which has certain exceptions.
Are the records closed to the public? Yes. But not closed to the current president, Congress, or law enforcement officials who can get the information and make it public themselves.
From the Archives website:
“§ 2205. Exceptions to restricted access
(2) subject to any rights, defenses, or privileges which the United States or any agency or person may invoke, Presidential records shall be made available–
(A) pursuant to subpoena or other judicial process issued by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purposes of any civil or criminal investigation or proceeding;
(B) to an incumbent President if such records contain information that is needed for the conduct of current business of the incumbent President’s office and that is not otherwise available; and
(C) to either House of Congress, or, to the extent of matter within its jurisdiction, to any committee or subcommittee thereof if such records contain information that is needed for the conduct of its business and that is not otherwise available; and”
There are a number of ways the Trump administration can choose to get at the records. Importantly, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenas should still bear fruit. Devin Nunes might just have to add the Obama Library and the national Archivist to the subpoena list.
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White House Placed on Lockdown After Grounds Breached
A man who breached the lawn of the grounds of the White House has been taken into custody, according to the Secret Service.
“An individual climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the White House Complex between the Ellipse and E Street,” the group said in a tweet. “The individual dropped a backpack and was immediately taken into custody on E Street by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.”
An individual climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the @WhiteHouse Complex between the Ellipse and E Street. The individual dropped a backpack and was immediately taken into custody on E Street by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) June 18, 2018
The White House was placed on lockdown while authorities work to identify the contents of the backpack.
This story is developing.
Prince Harry is a Trump Fan
In another huge loss for American liberals, the only people on earth who still care about the British Royal Family, it turns out that Prince Harry is a fan of President Donald J. Trump.
Thomas Markle, father of Prince Harry’s bride Meghan Markle, revealed on “Good Morning Britain” that the Prince asked him to “give Donald Trump a chance.”
“I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry, that’s his politics, I had my politics,” said Markle.
Markle’s father is a staunch anti-Trumper who said that he “has to apologize to the rest of the world for his president,” during the interview.
“I think Trump’s had his chance 100 times now,” Markle said. “Time’s up. I think the time’s up for Trump”
An amused Piers Morgan, Trump supporter and host of the show, grinned at Markle’s remarks. Morgan continued on to inquire about Markle’s conversations with Prince Harry regarding Brexit, UK’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
“This is just a conversation between two guys about politics,” Markle said. “Nothing cast in stone. Just the way you talk.”
Matt Walsh Rips Trump, Compares Summit To Rise Of Hitler In Deleted Tweet
He’s been NeverTrump since day one.
Fervent NeverTrumper Matt Walsh loves to rip on President Donald Trump, but in the age of Trump, he sometimes has to hold his tongue in order not to upset his many pro-Trump fans. While he’s usually good about not letting his true feelings out too much, he occasionally says something that brings so much criticism that he needs to cover his tracks.
In a now-deleted Tweet that was most definitely referring to President Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, Walsh compared it to the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930’s.
Playing armchair general, Walsh believes that having open talks with North Korea is a dangerous avenue to pursue. While he doesn’t state an alternative, one can only assume that his alternative involves many dead Americans, which would be the consequence of a heated conflict with North Korea.
President Donald Trump is attempting to make a peaceful deal with the North Korean dictator, and people on all sides of the political equation see it as a positive development. The only group that seems wholeheartedly against Trump’s attempts at peace are the NeverTrumpers, who seem to relish in being losers. To them, being perpetual losers is a better alternative to having actual power, which comes with the risk of being proven wrong.
Walsh wasn’t the only NeverTrumper attacking the President Trump in his recent attempt at peace with North Korea.
David French, who penned an article titled “Donald Trump — Why I Can’t Vote for Trump: NeverTrump” (He has since changed the title of the article), came out against Trump’s negotiations.
This document is a North Korean triumph. https://t.co/bGqaFEAGpD
— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 12, 2018
NeverTrump posterboy Ben Shapiro took to Fox News to attack President Trump.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 12, 2018
NeverTrump writer, and all around loser Erik Erikson made the ridiculous claim that if former President Obama had done the same as President Trump, the GOP would be calling for his impeachment.
If Obama had had the last 24 hours that Trump has had, the GOP would be demanding his impeachment.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 12, 2018
But while the criticisms from the NeverTrump movement has been bad, it seems that Walsh was the first one to evoke Hitler, so good job Mr. Walsh, you sunk to the same level as the radical left.
Walsh has been opposed to Donald Trump since the first day of his Presidential campaign, referring to him as a “whiny trust fund baby,” who he “dislike[s] everything about.” His opposition to Trump now is not surprising. You can expect people like Matt Walsh to stand in the way of President Trump’s America First agenda at every step of the way.
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