On Thursday night, President Donald Trump sent out a memo authorizing Attorney General William Barr’s declassification of any documents related to the surveillance of the Trump Campaign in 2016. His idea is to expose the fact that his campaign was illegally spied on by the prior administration. Trump also gave the order for the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. “The heads of elements 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. “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.”
Although the intelligence community has repeatedly insisted that it acted lawfully in its pursuit of leads in the Russia investigation, Trump knows that his campaign was the victim of spying.
AG Barr recently was the target of nasty criticism from Democratic lawmakers and media figures as a result of him testifying that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. Even so, Barr appeared to be referring to intelligence collection that already has been widely reported and confirmed.
Questionable Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were issued against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. These same warrants are currently the subject of a Justice Department inspector general investigation that is checking to see if there was any potential misconduct In the manner that they were issued. Additionally, the review is dissecting an FBI informant and their role in the early stages of the Russia investigation at which point they made illegal contact with Trump advisers.
The legality of the FBI’s 2016 surveillance is a topic that has been heavily debated. The Bureau and many left-wing sources have fiercely denied that it was indeed spying. Even in a New York Times report last year about the informant that the FBI sent to speak to Trump campaign advisers related to concerns about suspicious Russia contacts, they said this was to “investigate” ties to Russia and “not to spy.”
“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated,” Barr said when testifying last month. He also said that he believes it is his “obligation” to inspect the original investigation in order to determine if there was indeed misconduct. “Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane…spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”
President Trump supported the AG’s testimony by saying on the same day of Barr’s testimonial from last month that he believes what Barr said “was absolutely true…there was absolutely spying into my campaign. However, delusional democrats continued with the idea that this testimony indicated that Barr was a compromised witness. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Associated Press last month that she doesn’t “trust Barr,” but she trusts Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Barr of “peddling conspiracy theories.”
Democrats are running scared, now knowing that Trump is seeking to expose the injustices committed by those that ordered the spying on his campaign in 2016. They’ve spent years digging around in Trump’s life, attempting to find any sort of wrongdoing. They have failed, and now, its Trump’s turn.