Trump to intelligence: ‘fully cooperate’ with inquiry into Mueller report origins

Trump orders intelligence agencies to assist Barr

The memorandum states that Barr can "declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General's review". The Mueller report also stated some of those who were investigated and associated with the Trump campaign "deleted revelant communications", hindering some investigative avenues.

National Republican Lawyers Association's Harmeet Dhillon discusses how President Trump is allowing Attorney General William Barr to declassify intelligence related to the origins of the Mueller probe.

Trump claims his campaign was the victim of "spying", though the intelligence community has insisted it acted lawfully in following leads in the Russian Federation investigation. Reports indicate that much of the information used as evidence in the Mueller investigation came from data sharing by other members of the Five Eyes-the intelligence alliance that ties together the agencies of the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Trump announced the declassification on Twitter, promising that it would "ensure that all Americans learn the truth" about the probe that has cast a shadow over the first two years of his presidency and "restore confidence in our public institutions". While the memo states Barr should consult with the head of an agency before declassifying its secrets, it also demands that Barr get prompt responses and documents from the intelligence community.

The announcement came roughly a week after Barr announced that he had tapped John Durham, the US attorney for CT, who has previously conducted high-profile internal investigations, to spearhead the inquiry. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, were seen by reporters earlier Thursday at the Justice Department.

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"The coverup has entered a new and unsafe phase".

"Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies", Rep. Adam Schiff commented, describing the transparent declassification efforts and release of information to the public as a "coverup" and "un-American".

Barr's new mission comes days after he announced the appointment of a U.S. attorney to investigate the dubious origins of the government's surveillance of Trump campaign associates.

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper details several claims President Donald Trump made in a White House Rose Garden speech. FBI Director Christopher Wray, in a hearing May 7, said, "That's not the term I would use".

"Comey, Brennan, Clapper, we're draining the swamp, folks", Trump told a rally on Monday in Pennsylvania, referring to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan and James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, all of whom have been critical of Trump.

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