US: Trump begins a fight back – ordered probing of an ongoing probe
President Trump tells Barr to declassify ALL documents related to ‘spying’ on his 2016 campaign and orders the FBI, CIA and 13 other intelligence agencies to cooperate with the AG’s investigation
In a memo released by the White House on Thursday, President Trump demanded that the agencies ‘shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.’ The order also allows Barr to declassify any information he sees fit during his review. Last month, Barr said at a Senate hearing that ‘spying’ on Trump’s campaign was carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies, though he later referred to his concerns as focused on ‘unauthorized surveillance.’
Barr has assigned a top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to probe the origins of the Russia investigation in what is the third known inquiry into the opening of the FBI probe.
Trump harbors suspicions that the Democratic Obama administration ordered him investigated during the 2016 campaign to try to undermine his candidacy, and he wants payback against those he believes were responsible.
Of specific interest to Trump are the warrants that emanated from a secretive court that authorizes surveillance on foreign powers and their agents. Trump supporters believe the warrants will identify those responsible for the Russia probe that is still roiling Washington.