Attorney General William Barr is conducting an investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion probe.
President Trump granted him the authority to declassify whatever documents he sees fit.
And that led to William Barr delivering the rude awakening that CNN was dreading.
The media usually delights in publishing government secrets.
Reporters win Pulitzer prizes for stories that reveal classified information.
But now that William Barr is about to declassify documents that show the truth about the FBI and Obama administration conducting a political investigation into Donald Trump, the press is suddenly very worried about revealing state secrets.
William Barr laughed at this flip-flop in an interview with CBS.
The Daily Caller reports:
Attorney General William Barr accused the media in a new interview of being uninterested in finding out about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, and of shirking their duty as watchdogs for the public.
“Normally the media would be interested in letting the sunshine in and finding out what the truth is,” Barr said in an interview with CBS News. “And usually the media doesn’t care that much about protecting intelligence sources and methods. But I do and I will.”
Barr was discussing his plans for declassification of documents related to the surveillance activities against the Trump campaign during the Russia investigation.
President Donald Trump ordered the heads of various government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, to provide materials to Barr. He also granted Barr the authority to declassify documents as he sees fit.
The decision generated heavy criticism from former intelligence officials, TV pundits and some journalists.
The Fake News Media used to revel in leaks of classified information.
Washington Post reporter David Ignatius helped kickoff the Russian collusion narrative by publishing a column containing an illegal leak of classified information that the then-incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn was picked up on surveillance calling the Russian ambassador.
There was nothing improper about the call, but the Fake News Media and the Deep State framed it as evidence the Trump campaign was in cahoots with the Russians.
But now that documents will be declassified that help Donald Trump, the media has lost its appetite for knowing all of the government’s dirty secrets.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.