In his move to let Attorney General ‘investigate’ those who job it was to make sure Donald Trump’s bromance with Russian President Putin wasn’t a risk for country?
A LOT of us feel that Trump’s ‘This should never happen to a American President ‘ comment could be seen as witch hunt and ham fisted effort to run the Presidency as his OWN business network, which IS illegal , but Trump seems to be trying to get around that….
If he was to get his way?
NO ONE in the American government would be watching what he does behind closed door with Putin or anyone for that matter….
Things would just fall to the media, which Trump has tried to knock as ‘fake’ from day one….
It WOULD appear that we are watching in real time a man trying to beat down democracy and oversight in America at the highest level…
President Trump tried somewhat clumsily last year to revoke the security clearance of the former C.I.A. director who played a role in opening the Russia investigation. He then wanted to release classified documents to prove he was the target of a “witch hunt.”
Both attempts petered out, hampered by aides who slow-rolled the president and by Justice Department officials who fought Mr. Trump, warning he was jeopardizing national security.
But this week, Attorney General William P. Barr engineered a new approach. At Mr. Barr’s urging, Mr. Trump granted him new authorities to examine the start of the Russia investigation, demonstrating a new level of sophistication for an old line of attack. Unlike Mr. Trump’s hollow threats and name-calling, Mr. Barr’s examination of how the intelligence community investigated the Trump campaign could offer a more effective blueprint for the president to take aim at his perceived political enemies.
“The president is not known for the precision, judiciousness or thoughtfulness of his attacks, but he is in attack mode here and we seem to be opening a new front,” said David Kris, the head of the Justice Department’s national security division during the Obama administration.
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department and a lawyer for Mr. Trump did not respond to messages seeking comment. Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday that he hoped the attorney general “looks at everything, because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country.”
Mr. Trump took the highly unusual step on Thursday of granting Mr. Barr the power to declassify the most closely guarded secrets of the C.I.A. and the country’s 15 other intelligence agencies. Mr. Barr had asked for the authority to facilitate his review of the intelligence agencies’ involvement in the early stages of the Russia investigation.
The president delegated it hours after declaring that several officials overseeing the investigation had committed treason, a capital offense.
Mr. Trump’s latest action is a drastic escalation of his yearslong assault on the intelligence community. Since taking office, he has tried to cement the narrative that the Obama administration illegally spied on his campaign, making an apparent attempt to distract from the investigation into his associates’ ties to Russia.
Now he appears to have in Mr. Barr an aide willing to open an investigation to prove Mr. Trump’s suspicions….
image of Obama admin FBI and Intel leaders….American Greatness