Trump Steps Up Calls for Investigation Into Origin of Russia Investigation

Clay Curtis
May 24, 2019

"Today's action will ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions", the White House said in an accompanying statement, which Trump then tweeted. "It's also the very first step in rectifying and repairing the damage done by certain people at the FBI", Meadows told The Washington Post.

President Trump's decision to authorize the declassification of key documents from the Russian Federation investigation is "long overdue", former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg argued Friday. The Attorney General is now conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters.

The announcement came roughly a week after Barr announced that he had tapped John Durham, the USA attorney for CT, who has previously conducted high-profile internal investigations, to spearhead the inquiry.

The president has the power to declassify whatever documents he sees fit. But the move could also serve as a prelude to a larger declassification effort Trump has floated since last fall as he's battled his own intelligence agencies and accused former officials, without evidence, of conspiring against him.

In a memo released by the White House, Trump demands that the heads of the intelligence community and the heads of each department that includes an element of the intelligence community 'shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review'.

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The move is likely to further anger Democrats who have said that Barr is using his position as the nation's top law enforcement official to aggressively protect the president and attack his critics. The president, however, has the authority to declassify anything he wants. His order gives Barr significant authority over agencies that typically hold their secrets close and don't declassify them easily.

"The coverup has entered a new and risky phase", Schiff said in a statement released late Thursday.

In November, during an Oval Office sit-down with The Post, the president said he wanted to declassify FISA warrant applications and other documents from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, predicting that the exposure would show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Clinton campaign were in cahoots.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the intelligence community to "fully cooperate" with an investigation into what he has termed "spying" on his 2016 election campaign. "I'm not saying it wasn't", Barr said.

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