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Trump moves closer to tyrant status

25/05/2019

Trump has given his lackey, A.G. William Barr incredible powers in his politically motivated review of what led to the opening of the Russia investigation

From The NY Times there was this in an article by David Sanger and Julian Barnes

President Trump’s order allowing Attorney General William P. Barr to declassify any intelligence that sparked the opening of the Russia investigation sets up a potential confrontation with the C.I.A., effectively stripping the agency of its most critical power: choosing which secrets it shares and which ones remain hidden.

On Friday, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said the agencies under his purview would give the Justice Department “all of the appropriate information” for its review. But Mr. Coats, a seasoned politician, also included a not-so-subtle warning that his agency’s secrets must be protected.

Of particular concern:

As Mr. Coats’ comments suggested, intelligence officials believe the danger of the move by Mr. Trump, was that it could endanger the agency’s ability to keep the identities of its sources secret.

The most prominent of those source among them may well be a person close to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who provided information to the C.I.A. about his involvement in Moscow’s 2016 election interference.

The concern about the source, who is believed to be still alive, is one of several issues raised by Mr. Trump’s decision to use the intelligence to pursue his political enemies. It has also prompted fears from former national security officials and Democratic lawmakers that other sources or methods of intelligence gathering — among the government’s most closely held secrets — could be made public, not because of leaks to the news media that the administration denounces, but because the president has determined it suits his political purposes.

Trump who has recently called for former FBI officials to be tried for treason, is unlikely to balk at revealing information if he thinks he can obtain a political advantage.

His corruption of the government to defend his interests is the behaviour of a man who wishes to be an absolute ruler. Trump is a putative tyrant.

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