For the first two years of the Trump administration, Democrats and their friends in the media loved leaks and couldn’t get enough of them. They also demanded transparency.
Back then, they thought the Mueller investigation was going to deliver for them.
Now that the tables have turned, and William Barr has been given the power to declassify materials that might expose the same people who pushed the Russia hoax, everything has changed.
The Associated Press reports:
Key Senate Democrat Warns of Barr’s Expanded Powers
The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is sounding the alarm about the new powers that President Donald Trump has granted to Attorney General William Barr.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press, says he fears Trump is giving Barr “the right to selectively declassify certain information for purposes of political gain.” He asks that the leaders of the nation’s spy agencies contact lawmakers if Barr’s investigation threatens their work.
The left wing outlet Slate is parroting this message:
William Barr’s New Authority to Declassify Anything He Wants Is a Threat to National Security
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump suggested that he trusted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to “keep his promise” to Trump about the country’s nuclear program more than he trusted his own national security officials who have warned him about that program.
It was just the latest example of Trump demonstrating disdain for the U.S. intelligence community and broader national security apparatus, but it came on the heels of a perhaps even scarier one.
Trump’s decision last week to hand over unilateral authority to declassify America’s intelligence secrets to an attorney general who continues to act as if he’s Trump’s personal lawyer threatens to endanger intelligence sources, frighten our allies, and irreparably harm our national security.
What this is really all about is fear. People on the left know that a reckoning is coming.
From Real Clear Politics:
‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall’ on Obama’s Bad Cops and Spies
The skies are growing dark and increasingly ominous for dirty officials at the top of Obama-era law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Leading the “I’m really worried” list are James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Loretta Lynch, and their senior aides, all political appointees. They expected Hillary Clinton to win in 2016 and bury any traces of malfeasance, just as they had buried hers. It didn’t work out that way.
Now they need protection themselves. House Democrats and anonymous leakers are busy providing it. Many are delicately called “current and former senior officials” by the New York Times, Washington Post, and other legacy media. Gee, I wonder who they are?
These defenders of the old guard are sliming Attorney General Bill Barr, who heads the investigation into their actions. They have good reasons, if not clean hands, for their attack. First, they want to keep as much secret as they can. Exposure can only harm them. Their main argument is that any disclosures will damage U.S. national security. Second, they want to paint the disclosures and forthcoming indictments as President Trump’s revenge, the illegitimate use of powerful agencies that should be nonpartisan. That, of course, is precisely what they are accused of doing.
The next year is going to be fascinating, and not in a good way for some people.