Donald Trump announces he has authorized the ‘total’ declassification of all documents related to Hillary’s email scandal and the ‘Russia hoax’ after calling the FBI ‘scum’
- Trump went on a Twitter frenzy on Tuesday night at the White House
- Said he would approve a stand-alone bill for individual stimulus checks
- Claimed he had ordered declassification of all Russian collusion probe docs
- Slammed Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace over his debate moderation
- Claimed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS will be ‘fast and easy’
- Blasted Showtime’s The Comey Rule, based on James Comey’s memoir
- It followed tweet that tanked the stock market saying stimulus deal is off
- Some have wondered if Trump is experiencing side effects of steroid treatment
- Biden responded by tweeting a gif saying ‘get off Twitter’ pleading ‘Please.
President Donald Trump said that he has ‘fully authorized’ the total declassification of any and all documents pertaining to Russia collusion, calling the investigation a ‘hoax.’
The tweets about the documents were mixed in with a torrent of tweets made by Trump on Tuesday, who made 42 tweets in under an hour.
‘I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,’ he said in the Tuesday evening tweet. ‘Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!’
He later added: ‘All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!
Trump’s tweets about the declassification of the documents were mixed in with other of-the-wall tweets made by the president on Tuesday
Trump said: ‘All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!
Trump gave the green light to Attorney General Bill Bar to declassify any documents related to the surveillance of Trump’s campaign in 2016, Fox News reports.
John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, declassified notes from former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday that showed that former President Barack Obama was briefed on a ‘plan’ to tie Donald Trump to Russia as a ‘means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server’ ahead of the 2016 election.
‘Today, at the direction of President Trump, I declassified additional documents relevant to ongoing Congressional oversight and investigative activities,’ Ratcliffe said in a statement.
The notes were taken after Obama had been briefed on the matter, a source familiar with the matter shared.
John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, declassified notes from former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday that showed that former President Barack Obama was briefed on a ‘plan’ to tie Donald Trump to Russia as a ‘means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server’ ahead of the 2016 election
Trump has issued a flurry of tweets on a wide range of topics while under quarantine in the East Wing, slamming the FBI, FDA, Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chris Wallace.
In one tweet, Trump set his terms for approving a stimulus bill from Congress, hours after saying he would cease all negotiations with Democrats until after the November 3 election.
‘If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?’ he tweeted on Tuesday night.
Trump has long called for individual stimulus payments and the continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, but has rejected other elements of the Democrats’ proposed stimulus plan. He reiterated that position on Tuesday.
Trump is seen at the White House on Monday night. He went on a Twitter rampage on Tuesday, tweeting about a variety of topics
Bident responded with a gif that could only be directed at President Trump
‘The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business,’ he wrote in another tweet.
‘Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!’ he continued.
Biden, Trump’s Democrat opponent in the presidential election, responded by tweeting a gif that could only be aimed at the president, of himself saying ‘get off Twitter.’
‘New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day. Just another political hit job!,’ Trump tweeted separately.
Earlier in the day, the FDA said vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out any major side effects before seeking emergency approval — a timeline that will rule out any hope of a vaccine before the November 3 election, as Trump had often promised.
Trump called debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News ‘a total JOKE’ in his Twitter rant
In another tweet, he cited reports of voting irregularities: ‘11,00 North Carolina residents get incorrect voter registration forms. 2000 LA County Voters received ‘faulty’ Ballots, with NO WAY TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. Many others throughout USA. Here we go. This will be the most corrupt Election in American History!’
In a separate tweet, he wrote: ‘I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!’
It came as a response to a tweet from Hoover Institution media fellow Paul Sperry, whom Trump also retweeted more than a dozen times in the span of an hour.
Trump has previously vowed to declassify documents related to the FBI’s 2016 Trump-Russia investigation, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subsequent probe, which found no proof that the Trump campaign criminally conspired with the Russian government.
Indeed, in a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote: ‘All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!’
Another stream of tweets lashed out at the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s (above) subsequent investigation
‘So I had to constantly fight off all of this Scum, achieve more than any other President in First Term, and then they talk Chaos. They created crimes against me and this administration!’ Trump added in a retweet of Fox News commentator Greg Jarrett, in reference to the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.
‘Can’t believe these con men are not yet being PROSECUTED. Pathetic!’ Trump said of the FBI investigators.
Other targets of the president’s ire included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
‘Wear your mask in the ‘beauty’ parlor, Nancy!’ he said of Pelosi, in reference to surveillance footage that captured her visiting a San Francisco salon without a face covering, in violation of the city’s lockdown rules.
‘Chris Wallace was a total JOKE. Protected Joe all night long. He’s no Mike!!!’ Trump tweeted of the newsman who moderated last week’s presidential debates, comparing him unfavorably to his father Mike Wallace.
Biden also came in for Trump’s ire in a tweetstorm from the White House on Tuesday
Trump’s tweetstorm on Tuesday night followed an earlier tweet that sent stock markets crashing, when he said there would be no deal with Democrats on additional pandemic stimulus until after the election.
While some theorized that it might be a negotiation tactic, others pointed to one of the medications Trump is taking to treat coronavirus, Dexamethasone, a steroid that can have side affects of aggression, agitation and confusion.
On Monday, Trump’s Twitter account was locked after he shared the email address of a New York Post columnist.
Twitter forced Trump to delete the tweet before unlocking the account, citing rules against sharing private information without consent.
Developing story, more to follow.
WHAT ARE THE DRUGS TRUMP IS BEING TREATED WITH AND WHAT ARE THEIR SIDE EFFECTS?
President Trump has been given at least three potent drugs since announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night: Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies, the antiviral remdesivir, and the steroid dexamethasone.
Two of those medications are still experimental for treating COVID-19, and have given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And White House physician Dr Sean Conley admitted on Monday that he would not disclose every single medication that the president is currently receiving (citing HIPAA patient privacy laws, which suggests that Trump himself gave Dr Conley permission to disclose some of his medications, but not all of them).
Remdesivir, dexamethasone and the antibody cocktail are all in ongoing trials – but it’s unclear if anyone besides the US Commander-in-Chief has ever been treated with all three.
Those three drugs are ‘as much as we know [about the president’s treatment regimen] – but I found it all really confusing, based on the reports,’ Dr Mark Poznansky, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital told DailyMail.com.
When asked if there was any precedent for treating a COVID-19 patient with all three drugs, Dr Poznansky replied, ‘no.’
‘But the individual decisions are based on the individual patient, and all bets are off when you’re dealing with the president, the commander-in chief,’ he added.
‘The implication is that the doctors believe that the risk of using these is outweighed by the potential benefit.’
And while we have some clarity on the potential side effects of each of the drugs, how they might interact is a mystery, ‘because they just haven’t been used frequently enough…we don’t know about the combination,’ Dr Poznansky said.
But even on their own, the side effects of these drugs could be particularly concerning for the president, considering that the steroid can cause mood swings, confusion and aggression.
The drugs he was treated with and their potential side effects are:
REGENERON’S EXPERIMENTAL ANTIBODY COCKTAIL DRUG
WHEN HE GOT IT: Trump received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies on Friday.
WHAT IT DOES: REGN-COV2 is a combination of two lab-made versions of antibodies that help block the coronavirus from entering cells.
One of the antibodies in the ‘cocktail’ is based on an antibody that mice produce in response to coronavirus, while the other is based on an antibody isolated from the one of the first US COVID-19 patients.
The hope is that the treatment drives down viral load, keeping it from overrunning the body and sending the immune system haywire, and preventing the infection from becoming severe.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: REGN-COV2 is still in early trial phases, but the first data from its clinical trial found that it dramatically lowered viral load within a week and cut recovery time in half in patients that weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized.
Regeneron has not yet studied the drug in severely ill patients.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: The main concern is these types of treatment occasionally trigger ‘antibody-dependent enhancement,’ which means the intended therapeutic actually helps the virus invade cells.
So far, the trials don’t suggest that REGN-COV2 is causing this phenomenon.
Antibody treatments can also cause allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, as well as fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, headache and low blood pressure.
REMDESIVIR, GILEAD’S ANTIVIRAL DRUG
WHEN HE GOT IT: President Trump was given his first dose of a five-day treatment course on Friday evening, after he was transferred from the White House to Walter Reed National Medical Center.
He has since received his second and third dose of the drug.
WHAT IT DOES: Remdesivir is an antiviral therapy originally designed to treat Ebola.
Scientists are not entirely sure why, but it helps to prevent coronavirus from making more copies of itself.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Late-stage clinical trials of remdesivir found that patients treated with the drug were more likely to recover within 11 days than those who did not get the drug.
Their survival odds were about 40 percent better. In May, the drug became the first to get emergency use authorization from the FDA for treating severely ill patients. That approval has since been expanded to any hospitalized patients.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: It can cause nausea, vomiting, chils, sweating or light-headedness. The drug also may harm liver function, meaning that patients have to be closely monitored.
There was some suggestion the Trump’s liver and kidney function were suboptimal last night, but Dr Conley said Monday the president was just ‘dehydrated.’
DEXAMETHASONE, THE $6 STEROID WITH COMMON PSYCHIATRIC SIDE EFFECTS
WHEN HE GOT IT: The president got a dose of dexamethasone on Saturday after he developed a high fever and his blood oxygen levels dropped below 94 percent on two occasions.
WHAT IT DOES: Dexamethasone is a cheap steroid known to tamp down inflammation. It’s already approved for use in other conditions in the US.
WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Although it hasn’t yet been given emergency approval in the US, dexamethasone is the most promising treatment yet for coronavirus.
In a major UK study, the steroid cut the risk of death by 36 percent for patients sick enough to need breathing machines and by 18 percent for patients needing just supplemental oxygen.
However, it seemed harmful at earlier stages or milder cases of illness: 18 percent of those on the drug died versus 14 percent of those given usual care.
For that reason, many doctors were alarmed to see President Trump treated with the drug because using it suggested either that he was very sick, or that doctors were taking a risk in giving it to him early.
THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: The steroid is potent, and can cause swelling, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, weakness, dizziness sleep problems, vision changes, skin problems, severe allergic reactions including mood changes.
These mood changes include aggression, agitation and confusion.
‘Steroids are always very dangerous medications to use,’ Dr Edward Jones-Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters.
‘That is why it (dexamethasone) is used in severe to critical patients… There can be neuropsychiatric side effects. These are medications that we use very, very carefully.’