An interesting confluence of events. Attorney General Barr begins discussions with the heads of the Intelligence Community. A U. S. Attorney is named to investigate the handling and basis of the investigations spawned around election 2016. DoJ Inspector General Horrowitz’s long anticipated report on FISA abuse and related matters appears to be heading towards the review process. At which point the President fully and completely delegates his declassification powers to AG Barr and orders downgrade and declassification of all the Intelligence documents relevant to the AG’s investigation.
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
Tonight, President Trump signs a declassification memo that identifies the intelligence units, and issues guidelines therein:
WHITE HOUSE: “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.
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.” (read more)
I strongly suspect the forthcoming IG report will be far less redacted than the previous two, with a much smaller classified section. I hope we shall also see this next set of criminal referrals proceeding from the report taken up in earnest.
Headline coverage is amusing and revealing: