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May 25, 2019, 3:09 p.m. EDT

Director of National Intelligence Coats references ‘long-established standards’ even as he promises cooperation with Barr probe of Russia investigation

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President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr speak earlier this month at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says the nation’s spy agencies will provide the Justice Department all appropriate information for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump claims his campaign was the victim of “spying” and has given Attorney General William Barr full authority to publicly disclose still-secret information collected during the investigation.

Some former intelligence officials and Democrats worry that Barr will cherry pick intelligence to paint a misleading picture about the roots of the probe.

In a statement released Friday, Coats said he’s confident Barr will work with “long-established standards to protect highly sensitive, classified information that, if publicly released,” would put U.S. national security at risk.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said Saturday on MSNBC that he believed Coats, in his Friday statement, was seeking to express hopefulness and purposefully setting in a public forum his expectations for the conduct of the Barr probe.

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