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Statement of Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark R. Warner on President Trump’s Order Allowing His Hand-Picked Attorney General to Selectively Declassify Information
May 24 2019
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:

“The President has granted sweeping declassification powers to an Attorney General who has already shown that he has no problem selectively releasing information in order to mislead the American people.

People risk their lives to gather the intelligence material that President Trump and Attorney General Barr are so eager to politicize.

Selectively declassifying sources and methods in order to serve a political agenda will make it harder for the intelligence community to do their jobs protecting this country from those who wish to do us harm.”
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Permalink: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/5/statement-of-senate-intel-vice-chair-mark-r-warner-on-president-trump-s

Thanks to US Senator Warner and team for doing your jobs, while most have gone AWOL for holidays. And, for explaining what US House Intel Chair Schiff meant in his tweet.

Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff
While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice,

Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.

The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.

This is un-American.
9:57 PM · May 23, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone


US Senator Blumenthal comments on NYT article on the topic: “Trump dangerously politicizes intelligence declassification—giving his henchman AG sweeping powers to weaponize classified info against political foes. No safeguards, no accountability, no respect for intel sources—a deeply perilous recipe to distract from mounting troubles.” US Senator Blumenthal, 24 May 2019, 6:11 am https://archive.li/https://twitter.com/SenBlumenthal/status/1131910557425164288

A year ago: “House Judiciary Dems Hold Press Conference on President Trump’s Outrageous “Demands” of DOJ and Issue Letter Urging Interview with Special Counsel Mueller” Washington, DC, May 24, 2018 https://nadler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=391614

Informants aren’t spies – they’re essential FBI tools” May 25, 2018 6.48am EDT https://theconversation.com/informants-arent-spies-theyre-essential-fbi-tools-97200

Did they get the informant close to Putin out of the country and to safety? Or is this Trump’s attempt to out him on Putin’s behalf?

As reported by the New York Times, May 18, 2019: “The intelligence agencies already have a degree of unease over the Justice Department’s ability to keep the identity of sources secret. The name of the F.B.I. informant involved in the initial investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia was inadvertently made public… The most prominent of the C.I.A.’s sources of intelligence on Russia’s election interference was a person close to Mr. Putin who provided information about his involvement, former officials have said. The source turned over evidence for one of the last major intelligence conclusions that President Barack Obama made public before leaving office: that Mr. Putin himself was behind the Russia hack. Long nurtured by the C.I.A., the source rose to a position that enabled the informant to provide key information in 2016 about the Russian leadership’s role in the interference campaign, the officials said. John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director under Mr. Obama, would bring reports from the source directly to the White House, keeping them out of the president’s daily intelligence briefing for fear that the briefing document was too widely disseminated, according to the officials…” Excerpted from the NYTimes: “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claimshttps://archive.li/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/us/politics/trump-fbi-informant-russia-investigation.html

Barr could expose secrets, politicize intelligence with review of Russia probe, current and former officials fear“, by Shane Harris,  May 24 at 18:53 ET, “President Trump’s new executive order giving the attorney general broad authority to declassify government secrets threatens to expose U.S. intelligence sources and could distort the FBI and CIA’s roles in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, current and former U.S. officials said…https://archive.li/https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/barr-could-expose-secrets-politicize-intelligence-with-review-of-russia-probe-current-and-former-officials-fear/2019/05/24/58f822f8-7e2f-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html

Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference” – Washington Post. https://archive.li/https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/

Memorandum on Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns
Issued on: May 23, 2019
SUBJECT:    Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:
Section 1.  Agency Cooperation.   The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters.  The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), 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.
Sec. 2.  Declassification and Downgrading.   With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum.  Before exercising this authority, the Attorney General should, to the extent he deems it practicable, consult with the head of the originating intelligence community element or department.  This authority is not delegable and applies notwithstanding any other authorization or limitation set forth in Executive Order 13526.
Sec. 3.  General Provisions.   (a)  Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b)  This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c)  The authority in this memorandum shall terminate upon a vacancy in the office of Attorney General, unless expressly extended by the President.
(d)  This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
(e)  The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.