Lawless Trump Orders Intel Community To Submit To His Phony Investigation Into 2016 ‘Spying’

In another indication that Donald Trump is a wannabe dictator, he ordered the U.S. intelligence community on Thursday to cooperate with a new investigation to investigate the investigators who looked into his corrupt 2016 campaign.

“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,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement shared on Trump’s Twitter feed.

The statement added, “The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation.”

Rachel Maddow reported more on Thursday:

The order comes as William Barr, Trump’s lapdog attorney general, is in the process of reviewing what he and the president called “spying” on the 2016 presidential campaign.

This sends a dangerous message to the U.S. intelligence community

First, Trump’s new order reads like a threat to the agencies in the U.S. government that exist to keep the country safe. It’s a continuation of the pattern of disrespect he has shown toward his own intelligence community since taking office.

After all, Trump stood on the world stage in Helsinki and pledged his allegiance to Russian president Vladimir Putin over the men and women who work day and night to keep the country safe from enemies foreign and domestic.

But even more important – and dangerous – is the message this order sends to the intelligence community going forward.

By ordering them to “quickly and fully cooperate” with this actual witch hunt, Trump is essentially saying that if the intelligence community does its job and doesn’t act as his protector, then he will come at them.

As former DOJ official David Laufman said after the president issued the order, Trump’s move is “a grotesque abuse of the intelligence community to further his goal of political retribution, made worse by the spectacle of the Justice Department as his handmaiden.”

It’s the stuff of authoritarian regimes, not the United State of America.

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