United States intelligence community officials set off alarms saying Attorney General William Barr's complete exposure of the intelligence that led to the Mueller probe into Trump-Russia collusion will compromise CIA sources, including those foreign assets at the very top.
He directed the US intelligence community on Thursday to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Attorney General William Barr's investigation of the origins of the multi-year probe of whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
"They want to do a re-do of the Mueller report", Trump said.
Trump's former campaign aide George Papadopoulos has claimed that Australia's former high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, spied on him during a meeting at a London bar in May 2016.
"First, the Central Intelligence Agency was falsely accused of using the dossier in the [assessment], and once people finally realized they did not use it, now the Central Intelligence Agency is being criticized for not investigating the dossier", said the former official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. "They lost", Trump said.
President Trump Thursday afternoon accused four former FBI officials of "treason" for their conduct in the early days of the Russian Federation investigation.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hit with 17 new criminal charges by US
They are likely to trigger a battle over whether Assange was acting as a journalist - something he claims but the USA disputes. The Justice Department's quick turn-around with the filing of a more substantial indictment against Assange is not surprising.
"So what I've done is I've declassified everything", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday before leaving on a trip to Japan.
The memorandum states that Barr can "declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General's review".
"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", according to the statement.
Chairman of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff vowed to conduct oversight of any effort to selectively reveal and distort classified information or manipulate the declassification system.
It said John Durham, a U.S. Attorney in CT appointed last week to conduct his own investigation of potential FBI/CIA wrongdoing, "is conducting only a limited review, not a criminal investigation, which suggests Mr".
The president said his decision will ensure that investigators looking into the origins of the probe have everything they need, "so they'll be able to see how and why this whole hoax started".
David Kris, former head of the Justice Department's national security division, said it was "very unusual - unprecedented in my experience - for a non-intelligence officer to be given absolute declassification authority over the intelligence".
Republican House member Mark Meadows tweeted on Thursday that "Americans are going to learn the truth about what occurred at their Justice Department".