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"As part of that process, I am confident that the Attorney General will work with the IC in accordance with the long-established standards to protect highly sensitive classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk, ”Coats said.
He added that the intelligence community "will continue to faithfully execute its mission of timely, apolitical intelligence to the president and policy maker."
The steely words of caution from America's top intelligence official follow President Donald Trump's memo Thursday granting Barr sweeping new investigative powers, allowing the attorney general to make public classified documents related to the Justice Department's inquiry into Russia and the 2016 election.
with Barr, according to the statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Congressional Democrats and Forms Intelligence officials have expressed skepticism toward Barr's investigation, which the president defended Friday as a fact-finding mission not borne out of a desire for p olitical retribution.
“We're going to find out what happened and why it happened,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “Let me just tell you: It's not payback; I don't care about payback. I think it's very important for our country to find out what happened. ”
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