Statement on Presidential Memorandum signed tonight pic.twitter.com/wHx6l2lL5c
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) May 24, 2019
Courtesy of HuffPo:
President Donald Trump ordered Thursday that Attorney General William Barr be given authority to declassify information as part of his investigation into inflammatory claims that U.S. intelligence agencies “spied” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
“President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election.”
Sanders noted that Trump had also granted “full and complete authority” to Barr to declassify any information necessary related to his investigation.
The move comes about a month after Barr appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee and testified that he believed “spying did occur” on Trump’s campaign during the 2016 race, though he claimed he was “not suggesting it wasn’t predicated,” or properly authorized.
Barr’s use of the term “spying” ― which isn’t typically used to describe court-authorized law enforcement monitoring ― boosted Republican claims that the FBI improperly surveilled the Trump campaign for political reasons.
There is actually nothing wrong with Trump declassifying information to assist an investigation, presidents do it all of the time, but this is clearly an attempt to allow Barr to publicize some of the information he uncovers to feed Trump’s rabid right-wing base as he clumsily attempts to make a case that damages the integrity of the Russia interference investigation and those who were present at its inception.
Just think of this as Benghazi 2.0 with even less credible information with which to work.
Also keep in mind that the people Barr will be “investigating” are the same people that Trump accused of treason just the other day.
The news of this has already upset some of our national security experts.
WARNING: We are in grave danger. Trumps says he declassified all allied intelligence fm FBI, GCHQ, MI6, AVID & ASIS for AG Barr to get revenge. This is the end of the 5-EYES relationship. No one will EVER share intelligence with us again. #Imoeach to Save our Nation’s Security.
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) May 24, 2019
And yesterday Trump expanded his conspiracy theory to include the UK, Australia, and Ukraine.
Trump just attacked the UK, Australia and Ukraine. He alleged our allies were involved in a conspiracy to frame Trump and Russia. This is also an attack on Mueller. What an absolute nut job. He’s endangering our country. So pathetic. #TrumpDoesCoverups pic.twitter.com/srAF2iWywy
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 24, 2019
So is Barr investigating them as well?