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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Ryan Goodman: As this article was going to press, ABC News published a report that weeks before the Mar-a-Lago search, former President Donald Trump's associate Kash Patel "vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-18 02:35 PM | Reply

More from the cited article...

...Patel is no ordinary aide to Trump. During the Trump administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President, a job he reportedly "landed after Fox News host Sean Hannity took him to meet Trump in the Oval." After the November 2020 elections, Patel was dispatched to the Defense Department as chief of staff to the acting defense secretary where, among other activities, he reportedly pursued the idea that Italian military satellites had been used to turn votes to Joe Biden in the presidential election, according to Jonathan Karl's book and the House Select Committee hearings.

Since leaving office, Patel has joined the board of directors for the former president's media company, Trump Media & Technology Group. On June 19, 2022, Trump sent a letter to the National Archives designating Patel as one of the former president's "representatives for access to Presidential records of my administration."

Patel claims to have been in the room when then-President Trump verbally declassified documents. He has often made other statements in right-wing interviews that anticipate and put forward Trump's specific claims of innocence about the Mar-a-Lago documents.

The Dissemination Plan

When news of the Mar-a-Lago documents began heating up in May 2022, Patel spoke with right-wing media outlets about Trump's objectives in retaining these documents. He began laying out the defense that the documents had been "declassified," and specifically identified Trump's goal to release the information publicly. He described the content of the documents to include matters related to the Russia investigation (Crossfire Hurricane), but also a much broader range of issues....



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-18 06:30 PM | Reply

"Legal Significance

In a summary of the Espionage Act published earlier this week, the New York Times wrote, "It is not clear why Mr. Trump had classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. There is no evidence yet that he was planning to release the material."

If there were such evidence, it could have significant legal consequences.

Professor of law at the University of Michigan and former U.S. Attorney, Barbara McQuade, told Just Security,

"Disclosing classified information is a crime for good reason. Classified information is defined as information, the disclosure of which will cause damage to the national security of the United States. Disclosing classified information to refute links to Russia puts Trump's personal and political interests before our country."

The Congressional Research Service has noted that "no individual has ever been acquitted based on a finding that the public interest in the released information was so great that it justified an otherwise unlawful disclosure."

If evidence emerges of a plan to release the Mar-a-Lago materials, it could also shape the Justice Department's decision on whether to bring charges.".

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Patel is a walking target for Trump right now. His efforts as Trump's mouthpiece on these docs and his assertions that Trump's motive was to release the docs is dangerous.

I hope he has adequate Russian poison antidote on him.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-18 06:47 PM | Reply

President Donald Trump's associate Kash Patel "vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website

Stop talking about it and just do it.

#4 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2022-08-19 10:19 AM | Reply

'Ludicrous.' 'Ridiculous.' 'A complete fiction.': Former Trump officials say his claim of 'standing order' to declassify is nonsense

In the days since the FBI seized classified and top secret documents from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, the former President and his allies have claimed that Trump had a "standing order" to declassify documents he took from the Oval Office to the White House residence.

But 18 former top Trump administration officials tell CNN they never heard any such order issued during their time working for Trump, and that they believe the claim to be patently false.

Several officials laughed at the notion. One senior administration official called it "-------." Two of Trump's former chiefs of staff went on the record to knock down the claim.

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-19 11:28 AM | Reply

Several officials laughed at the notion. One senior administration official called it "-------." Two of Trump's former chiefs of staff went on the record to knock down the claim.

"Nothing approaching an order that foolish was ever given," said John Kelly, who served as Trump's chief of staff for 17 months from 2017 to 2019. "And I can't imagine anyone that worked at the White House after me that would have simply shrugged their shoulders and allowed that order to go forward without dying in the ditch trying to stop it."

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-19 11:29 AM | Reply

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