“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump said during an Oval Office sit down interview with the NY Post
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.
"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."
And Presto, just like that, what President Trump is doing is suddenly 'un-American'
While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice,— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 24, 2019
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.
Blumenthal: This is Trump's effort to 'distract' with a shiny object
"It seems much more like an effort to distract with frankly a dull, rusty object, not a bright, shiny one," says Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, reacting to news Pres. Trump has allowed AG Barr to declassify info regarding surveillance activities of his 2016 campaign. pic.twitter.com/a17xBdLnWK— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 24, 2019