President Trump in a monumental move Thursday appointed Attorney General Bill Barr with the authority to declassify any documents related to the illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.
“Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, 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 Sanders said in a statement.
“The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. 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 and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” Sanders continued.
In the Barr appointment President Trump broke with protocol of having his Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats handle the declassification of intelligence documents. Speculation is that Coats was slow walking the declassification process to give cover to Obama’s intelligence team who oversaw the illegal spying. Namely ex-DNI chief James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.
Needless to say this has the Dims in a panic. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the move as an attempt to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information,” in a tweet.
While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice,
Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.
The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.
This is un-American.
But as we know from previous posts here Schiff has plenty of skin in this game to not have the declassification happen. He is alleged to be the main leaker of classified information to journalists from the New York Times and Washington Post.
Let the games begin.