A pair of crucial court rulings this week perpetuated President Donald Trump’s losing streak in his battle with House Democrats. And with the aggressive new posturing from Nancy Pelosi, and a frazzled series of over-the-top Trump meltdowns, it’s now crystal clear to everyone that Trump is in fact losing.
By Thursday afternoon, Trump had been reduced to lazily referring to Nancy Pelosi as “Crazy Nancy” before admitting that he’s already used that same nickname on Bernie Sanders. He also decided that he’s no longer a “very stable genius,” he’s now an “extremely stable genius.” Yup, he said all of this yesterday.
Unable to handle Pelosi, Trump on Thursday night decided to take revenge against the previous administration by giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.
Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: “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.”
“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,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“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. 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.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the move as an attempt to “weaponize law enforcement and classified information.”
Trump claims his campaign was the victim of “spying,” though the intelligence community has insisted it acted lawfully in following leads in the Russia investigation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told the Associated Press last month that she doesn’t “trust Barr,” but she trusts Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Barr of “peddling conspiracy theories.”