House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter Friday to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats demanding oversight of Attorney General William Barr’s declassification of documents used in the investigation of now refuted claims of collusion between President Trump and Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. At Barr’s request Trump gave him declassification authority over the intelligence agencies as part of his investigation.
In the letter, Schiff accuses Trump and Barr of using the investigation to “politicize the IC and law enforcement, to delegitimize a well-founded investigation into the President, and to attack the President’s political enemies.”
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The three page letter from Schiff demands: a meeting with Coats to be told what Barr has asked for and what has been provideded so far; copies of everything the intelligence agencies turn over to Barr; prior notification of any declassification by Barr; and any declassification made or about to be made by Barr over intel community objections along with assessments of potential harm to national security.