On Thursday, President Donald Trump ordered the intelligence community to submit to Attorney General William Barr's investigation of why the FBI investigated Russia and the Trump campaign — and announced that Barr will have full authority to declassify any sensitive information that arises from this investigation.
The move marks yet another attempt by the president to undermine public confidence in the Russia investigation, which recently concluded with special counsel Robert Mueller outlining ten potential acts of obstruction of justice for Congress to review.
In no time, social media exploded with outrage over Trump's push to weaponize the Department of Justice and retaliate against a legal threat to himself:
Whoa. So Barr has the sole authority to declassify info related to the Trump investigation over the objections of t… https://t.co/cZQfYRhslC— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1558657581.0
Trump, who is telling his administration and former aides not to cooperate with Congress, orders the intelligence c… https://t.co/N1CpbwswcU— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1558659447.0
Basically AG Barr can selectively declassify any bits he chooses about the origins of the Russia investigation, but… https://t.co/38ziW7tRSD— Clint Watts (@Clint Watts)1558657961.0
So you have to wonder, why is Barr doing a review at all? Huber, Horowitz and Durham are already running inquiries.… https://t.co/w76iogDMi2— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1558659872.0
National security takes a back seat to Trump demands that Barr gin up an investigation into public servants at DOJ… https://t.co/t0mouW848f— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1558658419.0