President Trump issued a memorandum on Thursday evening in which he gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to release all documents related to the Trump campaign monitoring in 2016.
Trump also ordered the intelligence community to work with Barr. The memo read: "The heads of the intelligence services … and the heads of any department or agency that contains a news item must promptly provide such assistance and information that the Attorney General may require in connection with this review."  "At the request and recommendation of the United States Attorney General, President Donald J. Trump has today instructed the intelligence services to cooperate swiftly and fully with the Attorney General's investigation into surveillance activities during the 201
"The Attorney General has also been given the full authority to downgrade information related to this investigation in accordance with long established standards for the handling of classified information will help all Americans learn the truth about the events, and the measures which were taken during the last presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions. "
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Last month, Barr came up against heavy criticism from Democratic lawmakers and media outlets to testify. Despite the backlash, Barr appeared to be referring to a news gathering that has already been widely reported and confirmed.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) justifies this against the former Trump campaign helper Carter Page is currently the subject of a general investigation by the Justice Department inspector to investigate possible misconduct in issuing this arrest warrant. The review also reportedly examined the role of an FBI informant who had contacts with Trump consultants at the beginning of the investigation in Russia.
The use of the term "espionage" for FBI surveillance in 2016 has been highly controversial. The New York Times, despite reporting last year on how the FBI sent an informant to speak with campaign advisers, said that given concerns over suspicious Russian contacts, it said it should "investigate" and "not spy on" Russia's relations.
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"I think there was espionage. The question is whether that was well founded, "Barr said last month, adding that it was his" obligation "to check whether there was a misconduct in the original investigation. "Congress is usually very worried that intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies are staying on track."
He added that "spying on a political campaign is a big deal".
President Trump supports the Attorney General's statement The same day, Barr said last month that he believed what Barr was saying was "absolutely true," adding, "My election campaign was absolutely spied on."
Democrats, however, stated that the testimony stated that Barr was a compromised witness.  CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Told the Associated Press last month that she does not "trust" Barr, but trusting the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, chairman of the Senate Minority, Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., accused Barr of "selling conspiracy theories."
John Roberts of Fox News, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.