Transparency is crucial to upholding any semblance of democracy in America.  That is why all information across the spectrum on Russiagate should be released publicly, according to Richard Wagner.

While there is plenty of argument as to the possible threat Russia may pose to western democracy, I think we can all agree that transparency is absolutely essential.  As the FBI is an unelected agency, created by our elected Congress, it is not only the right but the duty of Congress to hold them accountable and ensure that they are fairly pursuing their mission, and not being blinded by partisan interests.  

Those who warned that the release of the Nunes Memo would “compromise the investigation”, seem to have forgotten how checks and balances work.  

Turnabout is fair play

By that same logic, the Democrats in Congress are attempting to release a counter-narrative to the Nunes Memo.  We don’t yet know what’s in it, because Trump is at least temporarily blocking its release.  

The Hill reported,

White House counsel Don McGahn wrote a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) explaining that “although the president is inclined to declassify” the Democratic memo, the administration believes it would create “especially significant concerns” for “national security and law enforcement interests.”

While this is possible, it is more likely a stalling tactic.  We’ll see if Trump changes his position, if the Dems in Congress revise the memo to satisfy “national security and law enforcement interests”, or if Trump continues to delay this memo indefinitely.  But as newly elected Alabama Senator Doug Jones tweeted a few days ago: “ You can’t change the rules when it suits you.”

But, as newly elected Alabama Senator Doug Jones tweeted a few days ago: “ You can’t change the rules when it suits you.” Transparency, dear president Trump, cuts both ways.

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He conducts independent study on the American conservative movement and foreign policy. When he is...

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