CNN’s Acosta Suggests Trump is Unsealing Classified Intel as a ‘Distraction’
News anchor accuses the president of distracting from Pelosi spat
CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has implied President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General William Barr to declassify intelligence tied to surveillance as a 'distraction' from the recent clash with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Acosta said while reporting on the breaking news during "AC360," that he had a "strong suspicion" that "critics" of Trump would accuse him of the release of intelligence documents was a due to his "war of words" with Pelosi.
"I just want to caution that, you know, this is coming on, you know, an evening after the president has been engaging in a lengthy back and forth, a war of words with Nancy Pelosi.
And my suspicion, my strong suspicion is in the next 12 to 24 hours, you're going to hear some of the president's critics wonder whether he's trying to shake a bright, shiny object in front of folks in to take the attention away from an exchange with the Speaker that many people in Washington feel did not go in the president's direction, did not go well for the president."
Pelosi claimed that the president "engaged in a cover-up" just hours before the two came face-to-face meeting on infrastructure, which Trump did not attend.
Pelosi lashed out at Donald Trump again during a Thursday press conference, by calling on "the president's family or administration or staff" to "have an intervention for the good of the country."
Pelosi was speaking in response President Trump cutting short a Wednesday meeting on infrastructure with herself and other Democrats.
Trump ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr during the process of the looming investigation.
The memo from Trump reads:
"The heads of elements of the intelligence community... and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review."
The news was confirmed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said in a statement:
"Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election."