Trump orders intelligence agencies help Barr with probe into Russian Federation investigation


"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.

On Thursday evening, the President and the Press Secretary announced the authorization for AG Barr to declassifying documents and information pertaining to the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, and ordering intel agencies to cooperate with an investigation.

Mueller's full report on Russian election meddling, while not finding criminal behavior, detailed a number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016, and instances of the president apparently trying to frustrate the probe. Barr is the person who's been given the authority to help get to the bottom of it. Declassification and downgrading of highly classified material will be involved, as stated in the president's memo.

Trump also appreciated Barr's combative stance with lawmakers and reporters as he defended the Justice Department's handling of the report, and again when he declined to appear before Congress and defied a subpoena, drawing a possible contempt charge.

He said that time would be if the Democrats made a decision to go down the "presidential harassment" track.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff accused Trump and Barr of trying to "conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies".

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'.

In a directive, Mr. Trump ordered the C.I.A. and the country's 15 other intelligence agencies to cooperate with the review and granted Mr. Barr the authority to unilaterally declassify their documents.

Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff at the Central Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, warned that, with his directive, Trump was entering "dangerous territory".

The Justice Department's internal watchdog is separately investigating how the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained surveillance orders to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. "And so I'm not saying that happened, but I'm saying that we have to look at that". He said new information about the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence probe is still coming out to this day.