Trump Officially Authorizes An Investigation Into The Investigators

President Trump's latest executive order should concern every American who doesn't want to see our country slip into authoritarianism.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr - February 14, 2019 (Department of Justice)

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr – February 14, 2019 (Department of Justice)

Today, President Trump signed a troubling executive order. As we know, Attorney General William Barr has launched an investigation into how the Russia investigation began and whether there was improper surveillance of the Trump Campaign. Trump’s executive order empowers Barr to declassify any information pertaining to his investigation. It also orders the U.S. Intelligence Community to cooperate with Barr’s investigation.

This is a stark escalation in President Trump’s authoritarian tactics. The “Spygate” conspiracy theory Barr is investigating has already been thoroughly debunked. It is also well-known that the Russia investigation began because George Papadopoulos bragged about Russia’s dirt on Hillary Clinton to an Australian diplomat.

David Laufman, former Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section at the Department of Justice, told MSNBC Trump’s order is “a grotesque abuse of the intelligence community to further his goal of political retribution, made worse by the spectacle of the Justice Department as his handmaiden.”

Given how Barr has lied about the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and sought to protect President Trump from being held accountable for obstructing justice, there is no reason to believe he will run a fair investigation. What will Barr declassify? Will this investigation snowball into something that involves Trump’s perceived political opponents like Clinton and Comey?

Here is an official statement on the executive order.

Here is the text from the executive order.

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