Why Democrats oppose transparency

Regarding the House Intelligence Committee memo and its implications for the U.S. Department of Justice, ABC News reported a memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating: “Concerns have been raised about the Department’s performance. … I am determined that we will fully and fairly ascertain the truth.” In the name of transparency, let us hope so (“House panel votes to release Democratic memo on Russia probe, setting up showdown with Trump,” Feb. 5).

Unfortunately, it is unlikely the Democrats will favor exposing just what went on at the Justice Department or the FBI during the Obama administration. Questions are evident as to how much collusion between the department and the White House under President Barack Obama might have been involved. For instance, the memo implicated Bruce Ohr, "one of the top ranking officials in the Obama Justice Department," whose wife worked for Fusion GPS and she was "feeding him all this negative research on Donald Trump, unverified research as even James Comey has admitted. He is taking that and feeding it back to the Obama administration.”

Then there is the memo’s timeline confirmation that Mr. Comey had already decided not to arraign Hilary Clinton for her email misconduct, prior to Bill Clinton’s supposedly ill-advised visit with Loretta Lynch on the Phoenix airport tarmac. It was highly suspect back then. Could former President Clinton really be so innocent of the potential judicial misconduct implications of meeting with the person then ultimately responsible for the email investigation; in that, the maneuver allowed the Obama DOJ to absolve itself from a known controversial FBI conclusion? It’s even more suspicious in the light of day today.

It seems transparency requires federal subpoenas, including for members of the Obama administration’s Justice Department and extending up the chain of command into the Obama White House. The American people need to know if President Obama and not Vladimir Putin was most complicit in influencing the 2017 election, or if the so-called deep state is the residue of the Obama presidency.

Dennis Peltz, Perry Hall

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