On Thursday, President Donald Trump told the New York Post that he will declassify “damaging” documents on Democrats who insist on Congressional investigations into the White House.
During his interview with the Post in the Oval Office, Trump indicated that, given his position, he has access to information that could hurt his Democratic opponents and that the investigations that the Democrats are planning on conducting could be as harmful for them as they are for him.
“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump said.
“I think that would help my campaign,” Trump added. “If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.”
The information that the president speaks of, includes FISA secret wiretapping warrants and “other documents” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe – an investigation that attempts to determine whether there is a link between Trump and the Russian government that could have affected the outcome of the presidential election in 2016. Trump did not name the Democrats in question.
It is unknown whether these “documents” would point to an effort of the Clinton campaign and government officials to undercut his win – a conspiracy that Trump has spoken about several times as the Mueller investigation is still ongoing.
The “documents” and the FISA warrants have been mentioned before, mostly by pro-Republicans in attempts to prove that the Muller probe is part of a plan to intimidate and destabilize Trump’s transition into the White House, along with prior efforts made by the Obama administration Justice Department to look into Trump’s campaign.
However, if Trump has anything on them, he is planning on using it.
“It’s much more powerful if I do it then,” Trump said, “because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.”
After flipping the House of Representatives, Democrats, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Adam Schiff, have already indicated that they would start asking for documents and issuing subpoenas as soon as they come power in January.
Schiff plans on re-opening an investigation to determine whether there was an inappropriate connection between Russian and the White House. Nadler plans to ask for Trump’s tax returns, which the president has refused to release, mentioning that the IRS is currently looking into his personal and business tax records. He is planning on finding out whether Trump has benefited financially by taking advantage of his position.
Nancy Pelosi intends to authorize a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to find out if the FBI’s background investigation into now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh , whose appointment was an inch away from being derailed due to sexual misconduct accusations made against him, was thorough.