Trump’s lawyer is going to do all he can to deflect attention from Russia’s intervention into the 2016 elections to portray Trump as the real victim of the investigation:
President Trump took extraordinary steps on Thursday to give Attorney General William P. Barr sweeping new authorities to conduct a review into how the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia were investigated, significantly escalating the administration’s efforts to place those who investigated the campaign under scrutiny.
In a directive, Mr. Trump ordered the C.I.A. and the country’s 15 other intelligence agencies to cooperate with the review and granted Mr. Barr the authority to unilaterally declassify their documents. The move — which occurred just hours after the president again declared that those who led the investigation committed treason — gave Mr. Barr immense leverage over the intelligence community and enormous power over what the public learns about the roots of the Russia investigation.
One of the many tests the media will face in this campaign is whether they will apply an appropriate amount of skepticism to any information provided by the Fixer General. The initial reaction to Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report was…not encouraging.