BREAKING: President Trump said he has given Attorney General William Barr the authority to release all declassified #SpyGate documents to House Intelligence Vice Chairman Devin Nunes
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) July 27, 2019
While Democrats in the House of Representatives continue to rumble about impeachment, requesting documents from the Mueller report they say are necessary to move in that direction, Trump gave Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify any documents the DOJ has related to their “investigation into the investigators” and turn them over to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee.
You may recall back in May Trump signed a memorandum that allowed Barr to declassify information related to his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, specifically any intelligence gathering that may have occurred before the FBI says it officially opened its probe into the Trump campaign in July 2016.
In a Thursday interview with Sean Hannity, Trump acknowledged he has unilateral authority to declassify information and said he would provide anything Barr needs as he pursues his investigation.
President Trump spoke Thursday night with Sean Hannity about Attorney General William Barr’s ongoing “investigation of the investigators” related to the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation and the actions taken by the Justice Department and the FBI.
[A]nything he needs, he’s got it,” Trump explained. “He is the attorney general of the United States, but he’s got a lot of very good people under him that I guess are involved and I gave him a total release so all of it has been released and he has all of it.”
“I’ve also given him authorization to release it to whoever he wants,” Trump said of Barr.
This could include release to Rep. Devin Nunes, who, in his opening statement before Mueller testified Wednesday, said it was the Democrats who colluded with Russia, not the other way around.
“There is collusion in plain sight. Collusion between Russia and the Democratic party,” the ranking member said. “The Democrats colluded with Russian sources to develop the Steele dossier and Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya colluded with the dossier’s key architect, Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson.”
Once again, numerous pressing issues this committee needs to address are put on hold to indulge the political fantasies of people who believed it was their destiny to serve Hillary Clinton’s administration. It’s time for the curtain to close on the Russia hoax. The conspiracy theory is dead. At some point, I would argue, we’re going to have to get back to work.
Perhaps, if Nunes gets his hands on the documents Barr has uncovered related to how the Russia probe into the Trump campaign was started, he can leverage them to prove collusion was always coming from the other side. That may finally be what drives a nail in the coffin of impeachment and Congress can begin to get back to work writing legislation instead of playing petty politics.