Trump Grants Barr Authority to Declassify Any 2016 Campaign Surveillance Documents

 

That puckering sound you heard Thursday night was from many nervous politicos, bureaucrats, and lobbyists in the Beltway. President Trump has just given Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of his 2016 campaign. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement:

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.

For some reason, I’m thinking the media and Congressional Democrats won’t be terribly eager for these documents to be released.

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  1. tigerlily Member

    Good news, This order was long past due.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  2. Western Chauvinist Member

    Mmmm…mmmm… delicious leftist tears.

    • #2
    • May 23, 2019, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  3. Kozak Member

    Let the Games Begin.

    • #3
    • May 23, 2019, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  4. EJHill Podcaster

    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,

    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth

    With carrion men, groaning for burial.

    (Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1)

    • #4
    • May 23, 2019, at 6:14 PM PDT
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  5. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    Unfortunately I can’t see any consequences coming out of this. The left is just too far gone at this point, reality be damned.

    • #5
    • May 23, 2019, at 6:18 PM PDT
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  6. Steven Seward Member

    Barr is proving to be a gung-ho rock-solid pro-justice Attorney General. He keeps making Jeff Sessions look smaller and smaller.

    • #6
    • May 23, 2019, at 6:19 PM PDT
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  7. Kevin Schulte Member

    This is going to be a lengthy process. CTH has a long write up about what all this entails. I suggest everyone read it. Be for armed for when your leftest friends cry HITLER. 

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

     

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:26 PM PDT
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  8. Cato Rand Reagan

    Look, either there’s nothing there, or there was misbehavior that should be exposed. There’s really no middle ground. So the only hope they really had of keeping whatever it is secret was to win, which they didn’t. If you’re going to try to kill the king, you better not miss.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:27 PM PDT
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  9. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Good news. Something to keep in mind though is that neither the President nor anyone on his staff know what is in these documents so there may be some embarrassments for him along the way.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:35 PM PDT
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  10. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    You’ll know it really got serious when President Trump changes his walk-out music, from the Rolling Stones’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” to Judas Priest’s “Some Heads are Gonna Roll.”

     

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  11. AnnieMac Coolidge

    How many lawyers in DC received an urgent call this evening? I’m sure Avenatti is available, at least for a short while before he goes to prison.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 6:47 PM PDT
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  12. Duane Oyen Member

    JamesSalerno (View Comment):

    Unfortunately I can’t see any consequences coming out of this. The left is just too far gone at this point, reality be damned.

    Who cares about the Left? Indeed, they are far gone. But the middle Americans who are not relentlessly political need to see what these people did. About time.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 8:22 PM PDT
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  13. Fake John/Jane Galt Thatcher

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Look, either there’s nothing there, or there was misbehavior that should be exposed. There’s really no middle ground. So the only hope they really had of keeping whatever it is secret was to win, which they didn’t. If you’re going to try to kill the king, you better not miss.

    There was something there and the deep state will never let it be exposed. This is a waste of time and money. Nothing will come out of it but TDS spin.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 8:29 PM PDT
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  14. Richard Easton Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Good news. Something to keep in mind though is that neither the President nor anyone on his staff know what is in these documents so there may be some embarrassments for him along the way.

    I think they know a fair bit of what’s in the documents.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 8:50 PM PDT
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  15. DonG Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: 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.

    errr…isn’t this stuff classified according to “long-established standards”? How can it become declassified by that same standard? I foresee a lot of blank pages in the future.

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    • May 23, 2019, at 9:06 PM PDT
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  16. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Good news. Something to keep in mind though is that neither the President nor anyone on his staff know what is in these documents so there may be some embarrassments for him along the way.

    I think they know a fair bit of what’s in the documents.

    They have not had access to the documents 

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    • May 23, 2019, at 9:47 PM PDT
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  17. Richard Easton Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Good news. Something to keep in mind though is that neither the President nor anyone on his staff know what is in these documents so there may be some embarrassments for him along the way.

    I think they know a fair bit of what’s in the documents.

    They have not had access to the documents

    Trump started declassifying about five months ago material related to the FISA applications. Two of the five (probably Australia and GB) asked him not to. He definitely knows a fair bit about what’s in those applications.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 1:36 AM PDT
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  18. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Missed the news last night — has the outcry on the left already begun about Trump being unconcerned with national security, the sensitivity of classified/redacted material and the feelings of our allies already begun? (bonus points for the first talking head who claims Trump’s action is worse then what Edward Snowden or Bradley/Chelsea Manning ever did).

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    • May 24, 2019, at 2:48 AM PDT
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  19. Fake John/Jane Galt Thatcher

    No matter ho much he declassifies it will not be enough. Every black out mark will be them hiding that magic bullet that will impeach Trump for whatever.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  20. Kozak Member

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    Look, either there’s nothing there, or there was misbehavior that should be exposed. There’s really no middle ground. So the only hope they really had of keeping whatever it is secret was to win, which they didn’t. If you’re going to try to kill the king, you better not miss.

    Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?

    For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.

    Sir John Harington

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    • May 24, 2019, at 5:12 AM PDT
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  21. Stad Thatcher

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: That puckering sound you heard Thursday night was from many nervous politicos, bureaucrats, and lobbyists in the Beltway.

    After their butts unpucker, watch for high-level bureaucrats to flee to places without an extradition treaty . . .

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    • May 24, 2019, at 5:49 AM PDT
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  22. Front Seat Cat Member

    Quick – hide the Bleachbit and the shredders…..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEzZrrV53eo

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    • May 24, 2019, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  23. DrewInWisconsin Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: For some reason, I’m thinking the media and Congressional Democrats won’t be terribly eager for these documents to be released.

    White House: Hey, journalists! We’re declassifying all this stuff and you’ll finally have access to it and can write thousands and thousands of column inches on it.

    Journalists: WHAT?! No! You can’t do that, you orange authoritarian monster!

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    • May 24, 2019, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  24. DrewInWisconsin Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    Missed the news last night — has the outcry on the left already begun about Trump being unconcerned with national security, the sensitivity of classified/redacted material and the feelings of our allies already begun?

    I’m surprised you didn’t hear all the howling. This proves that Trump is an “autocrat.”

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    • May 24, 2019, at 6:31 AM PDT
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  25. Cato Rand Reagan

    Stad (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: That puckering sound you heard Thursday night was from many nervous politicos, bureaucrats, and lobbyists in the Beltway.

    After their butts unpucker, watch for high-level bureaucrats to flee to places without an extradition treaty . . .

    We can only hope.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 6:59 AM PDT
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  26. Richard Easton Member

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    Missed the news last night — has the outcry on the left already begun about Trump being unconcerned with national security, the sensitivity of classified/redacted material and the feelings of our allies already begun?

    I’m surprised you didn’t hear all the howling. This proves that Trump is an “autocrat.”

    Declassifying documents is part of the cover-up. They want openness as long as it doesn’t hurt the Left.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 7:15 AM PDT
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  27. Western Chauvinist Member

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    Missed the news last night — has the outcry on the left already begun about Trump being unconcerned with national security, the sensitivity of classified/redacted material and the feelings of our allies already begun?

    I’m surprised you didn’t hear all the howling. This proves that Trump is an “autocrat.”

    Scarborough should become a fantasy writer…

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    • May 24, 2019, at 7:17 AM PDT
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  28. Columbo Member

    The democrats are verklempt. And confused. Bigly. Their talking points conflict and clang …

    Adam Schiff is Exhibit A …

    Schiff: Declassifying is … un-American …

    Schiff: I want an unredacted full report … 

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    • May 24, 2019, at 8:21 AM PDT
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  29. cdor Member

    So far as I know, these de-classifications do not mean that the public (such as all us rubes here at Ricochet, for example) will be allowed to see the documents. At this point, only AG Barr is so anointed. It will then be up to him what gets released publicly. Chances are still unlikely that we will see this stuff, unless there are indictments, for years to come. 

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    • May 24, 2019, at 10:23 AM PDT
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  30. Richard Easton Member

    cdor (View Comment):

    So far as I know, these de-classifications do not mean that the public (such as all us rubes here at Ricochet, for example) will be allowed to see the documents. At this point, only AG Barr is so anointed. It will then be up to him what gets released publicly. Chances are still unlikely that we will see this stuff, unless there are indictments, for years to come.

    I think we will see aspects of the FISA applications soon. Barr works quickly and he has to be ticked at how he’s being treated.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 10:27 AM PDT
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