Republican lawmakers and conservatives online are jovial over President Trump’s decision to declassify information pertaining to the origins of the Russia probe.
The president’s decision is likely to expose potential bad actors and alleged foul play behind the scenes that involved members of the Department of Justice or the FBI.
On Thursday, Trump announced that he gave Attorney General William Barr “full and complete authority to declassify information” regarding the people and events leading up to the start of an investigation into Trump’s campaign team, Russian interference, and alleged collusion between the two.
“The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review,” the president added via BizPac Review.
The decision, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, is in order to “ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred,” and “restore confidence in our public institutions.”
In a follow-up statement uploaded to social media, Sanders said: “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.”
Sanders continued: “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,” the release continued. “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.”
BizPac Review adds:
The president said earlier this month that he would “soon” allow declassification.
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“I didn’t want to do it originally because I wanted to wait, because I know what they — you know I’ve seen the way they play. They play very dirty,” he told Fox News.
Trump has insisted that his campaign was the victim of “spying,” and Barr testified on Capitol Hill that he believed “spying did occur.”
At the center of it all are the FISA warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page and the FBI’s use of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious dossier containing unverified claims about Trump — a dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff scolded the president over the decision and said it comes at a time Trump “stonewalls the public.”
Conservatives, however, struck a much different tone and are praising Trump over the declassification: