President Trump issued an order on Thursday night demanding the FBI and all other major intelligence agencies to declassify information related to possible illegal surveillance of Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign.
Attorney General William Barr has been reviewing these agencies’ investigations, and can now access related classified materials at will.
Trump has long insisted his campaign was the victim of “spying”, but intelligence agencies hold firm that they were only investigating lawful leads.
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.
AG Barr too alleged last month that “spying did occur” on Trump’s campaign, saying he felt obligated to discover if the original Russia-Trump campaign investigation was conducted on illegal grounds.
“We should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale,” Barr said last week. “And so I’m not saying that happened, but I’m saying that we have to look at that.”
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. felt differently about the move, calling the memorandum an effort to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information.”