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Trump gives AG Barr authority to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign surveillance
Talia Kaplan By Talia Kaplan, Mike Arroyo | Fox News

Trump orders declassification of intelligence related to campaign spying
President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: "The heads of elements of the intelligence community... and the heads of each department or agency 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."

"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.

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"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."

In a Twitter message late Thursday, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani defended the president's action.

"The President @realDonaldTrump made a wise decision to let AG Barr on the documents," Giuliani wrote. "I don’t know for sure but I seriously doubt there’s any national security concern but some of it could affect pending investigations. I’m sure AG and DOJ will make a very appropriate decision."

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The President @realDonaldTrump made a wise decision to let AG Barr on the docunents. I don’t know for sure but I seriously doubt there’s any national security concern but some of it could affect pending investigations. I’m sure AG and DOJ will make a very appropriate decision.

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Schiff blasts Trump's authorization to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign surveillanceVideo
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the move as an attempt to "weaponize law enforcement and classified information."

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff
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.

Trump claims his campaign was the victim of "spying," though the intelligence community has insisted it acted lawfully in following leads in the Russia investigation.

The president had told Fox News earlier in May that he would allow declassification "soon." He elaborated, "I didn’t want to do it originally because I wanted to wait, because I know what they -- you know I’ve seen the way they play. They play very dirty."

Last month, Barr ran into a buzz saw of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and media figures for testifying that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. But despite the backlash, Barr appeared to be referring to intelligence collection that already has been widely reported and confirmed.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page are currently the subject of a Justice Department inspector general investigation looking at potential misconduct in the issuance of those warrants. That review also reportedly is scrutinizing the role of an FBI informant who had contacts with Trump advisers in the early stages of the Russia investigation.

Attorney General Barr not satisfied with early answers he's getting on allegations of Trump campaign spyingVideo
The use of the term "spying" as it applies to the FBI's surveillance in 2016 has been fiercely disputed. The New York Times, even as it reported last year on how the FBI sent an informant to speak to campaign advisers amid concerns about suspicious Russia contacts, stated that this was to "investigate" Russia ties and "not to spy."

“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated,” Barr testified last month, adding that he believed it is his “obligation” to review whether there was misconduct in the original investigation. “Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane.”

He added that “spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

President Trump backed the attorney general's testimony, saying the same day Barr testified last month that he thinks what Barr said "was absolutely true," adding, "There was absolutely spying into my campaign.”

Democrats, though, charged that the testimony indicated Barr was a compromised witness.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told the Associated Press last month that she doesn’t “trust Barr,” but she trusts Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Barr of “peddling conspiracy theories.”

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Sara Carter discusses declassified docs, what she believes will be most damaging, and who should be worried
May 24, 2019 | Vivek Saxena | Print Article

Shortly after President Donald Trump granted Attorney General Bill “full and complete authority” Thursday evening to declassify any and all documents tied to the Russia probe, investigative reporter Sara Carter provided a handy list of what all the public should expect to soon see.

Speaking on FNC’s “Hannity” with guest host Dan Bongino, she specifically listed what she believes will be the most damaging pieces of information to be unveiled in the declassified documents.


The first, she claimed, will be evidence that the FBI withheld crucial information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court when seeking warrants for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign officials George Papadopoulos and Carter Page:

“The first will be the exculpatory evidence, that of George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. If they were recorded — which we have heard they were by Stefan Halper, who was a spy basically for the FBI — and the FBI withheld that information from the foreign intelligence surveillance court, that is going to be huge.”

The second, she continued, will be evidence that former Obama administration official Samantha Power unmasked close to 300 American citizens, an unprecedented number.

“I think one of the biggest pieces of information that’s going to come out here too, as well is those people that were unmasked — that means Americans that were unmasked, their conversations, telephone conversations with foreigners,” she said.

“And remember Samantha Power … She unmasked nearly 300. That is unheard of. When John Bolton was at the U.N., he unmasked three people. She unmasked close to 300. And I’m going to tell you, some of those names are going to very important when they come out.”

Carter also took note of the many agencies that had been directed by Trump to comply with his declassification request. Seen below, the president’s official order listed the secretaries of the State Department, Treasury Department, Defense Department, Energy Department and Homeland Security Department. Also included was the director of National Intelligence and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

“We can see the evidence over and over again based on documents that Judicial Watch, congressional lawmakers have been able to pull forward, and now we see with this how important it is that the president issued this memorandum,” Carter said.

Carter succinctly said on Twitter ahead of her Hannity appearance… This is going to change everything:

Watch @SeanHannity Tonight. This is going to change everything. Trump's order to declassify and AG Barr's investigation is the beginning of the truth for the American people. Trump Orders Intel Community via @SaraCarterDC

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 24, 2019

UPDATE** Jack Posobiec from OANN TV posted new information coming out regarding Powers’ unmasking. Take from it what you will, this is breaking:

BREAKING: White House plans to declassify documents showing that Samantha Power was on a “one-woman crusade” for the Palestinians and against Israel in 2016. Repeated unmakings were used to ensure her effort did not fail – @OANN

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 24, 2019

BREAKING: Samantha Power targeted any call made about Israeli settlements for unmasking. When she found Gen Flynn making calls she opposed, she passed information to Sally Yates who opened Logan Act investigation. DNI Coats has now reviewed all unmaskings – @OANN

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 24, 2019

Both Judicial Watch and congressional legislators have slowly but surely been unveiling the truth about the Russia probe via Freedom of Information Act requests and subpoenas, respectively.

“And I want you to think about this: Look at who he put in the memorandum. The Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Treasury, the Secretary of State, the CIA. He is asking all of these agencies, no more slow rolling, no more slow walking this information.”

“Let’s speed up this process, and let’s let the attorney general then decide what documents should be made public because the American people deserve that. And people should take a very close look at all of the agencies that he has demanded cooperate with the attorney general. That says a lot.”


The “process” formally began last month when the attorney general launched an official investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe.

A slew of evidence — including the fraudulent Steele dossier of anti-Trump smears that was funneled to the FBI and then later allegedly used to justify some of the bureau’s FISA warrants against the president’s campaign officials — suggests the investigation was started illegally and on a false premise.

While Barr has been effectively overseeing and leading this investigation, earlier this month he tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham, a known legal “bulldog,” to conduct the actual investigation.

While it’s unclear how Durham plans to handle the investigation, speculation has risen that, if he winds up being as aggressive in his investigation of the Russia probe as special counsel Robert Mueller had been in his investigation of alleged Russian collusion, chances are that a number of former Obama administration officials could wind up being indicted and possibly worse.


Last week former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the AG’s decision to assign Durham in particular to investigate the investigators suggests he believes something criminal took place at the outset of Mueller’s probe.

“If I were the Democrats I would be quite worried,” he said. “And the reason why is, by appointing a U.S. attorney, Attorney General Barr is essentially signaling that he thinks it’s possible that criminal violations occurred in the start of the whole investigation into any kind of Trump-Russian collusion.”

“As Judge Barr said, there is already an inspector general investigation that’s going to come to a conclusion. That’s what you would do if you were just interested in reforming the way the department does things, the way decisions were made,” he continued.

“But you wouldn’t go with a U.S. Attorney like Durham, someone of his stature, unless the attorney general thinks actually something criminal might have happened, that someone might have violated the law, that there might have been malfeasance, that people at the FBI or the Justice Department were acting out of partisan motives, not just out of incompetence or stupidity or they were duped by the Russians or Steele or the English or by the Clinton campaign.”


While it’ll take awhile for the investigation to be conducted and eventually conclude, the benefit of the president’s declassification order is that, in the meantime, the public won’t have to wait for answers. They’ll be able to dig through the related documents and figure some things out for themselves.

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