In probing into the Russia investigation of his last campaign, Donald Trump granted Attorney General William Barr the power to review and potentially release classified information.
Zeke Miller and Eric Tucker at AP News said the directive “marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to ‘investigate the investigators,’ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls for impeachment proceedings.”
While Miller and Tucker said Trump is “empowering his attorney general to unilaterally unseal documents that the Justice Department has historically regarded as among its most highly secret,” they emphasized that the president “has the authority to declassify anything he wants.”
Intelligence agencies will most likely resist such investigations, but Barr has proven himself to be what Miller and Tucker called a “legal warrior” for Trump. Barr has already asked John Durham, U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to inquire into the origins of the Russia investigation and discover if the probe used any surveillance or intelligence methods that were unlawful or inappropriate.