Trump Grants Attorney General Sweeping Powers to Investigate Mueller Probe Origins

May 24, 2019

President Trump has given Attorney General William Barr broad new powers to review how the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia were investigated. The order will give Barr oversight to compel the CIA, the FBI and more than a dozen other intelligence agencies to declassify documents. Trump’s order came just hours after he claimed former FBI Director James Comey and former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe were guilty of “treason.” Last month, Barr told lawmakers he believes intelligence agencies spied on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—echoing Trump’s repeated accusation, made without evidence, that President Obama wiretapped Trump’s phones ahead of the election.

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