National Intelligence Director Just Sent A Dire Warning To Bill Barr
Attorney General William Barr is walking on thin ice.
On Thursday, Donald Trump decided to grant Barr total authority to declassify any information related to any investigation of the 2016 election. This sent a shock to the intelligence community and intel experts.
Now, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats sent a dire warning to Barr in a public memo urging him to work “in accordance with the long-established standards to protect highly-sensitive classified information,” and not “put our national security at risk.”
Coats added that the Intelligence Community “will continue to faithfully execute its mission of providing timely, apolitical intelligence to the President and policymakers,” again, clearly suggesting that Trump’s actions, and possibly Barr’s, are entirely partisan.
Coats’ memo suggests that Trump did not consult him or anyone else in the intelligence agencies prior to handing Barr such power.
Trump’s decision to hand Barr the keys to the Intelligence Community’s kingdom is seen as just the latest in a long line of actions – albeit possibly the most dangerous to date – of Trump using the presidency to attack the Intel community – and to “investigate the investigators.”
This does not read to me like a supportive statement from Coats at all. The intelligence committees should seek to have Coats and Haspel answer whether anyone in their agencies was consulted or raised objections to this plan to the White House. https://t.co/30iOEKAXCK
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 24, 2019