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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Trump sat down with Fox News' Sean Hannity last night, who asked the former president about the process he allegedly took to declassify materials. He replied: "There doesn't have to be a process, as I understand it ... If you're the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, It's declassified.' Even by thinking about it, because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you're sending it. And there doesn't have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn't have to be. You're the president, you make that decision. So when you send it, it's declassified. We " I declassified everything."



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Right off the bat, the idea that there's no real declassification process is quite bonkers. The New York Times recently published a report considering the question of whether a president can declassify information in secret without leaving a written record or telling anyone.

"That question, according to specialists in the law of government secrecy, is borderline incoherent," the Times concluded. "If there is no directive memorializing a decision to declassify information and conveying it to the rest of the government, the action would essentially have no consequence, as departments and agencies would continue to consider that information classified and so would continue to restrict access to documents containing it."

So to review, Trump said there doesn't have to be a declassification process, but there does. He said he can declassify "by thinking about it," but he can't. He said he "declassified everything," but his own team said he didn't, his lawyers refuse to argue it, and even if he did, it wouldn't matter.

It'd be funnier if this weren't such a serious mess. -------- Steve Benen

And perhaps the most damning aspect of the twice impeached ex-President's proclamation last night was it appears that he's made another Trumpian slip:
Let's not skip an important detail this person stated in this rambling of mess. In regards to the national security information he stole He said, "you're sending it to Mar A Lago ... or wherever else you are sending it."
Does the FBI and NARA need to execute search warrants at Bedminster, Trump Tower, along with every other Trump property he's stayed at since he left the White House?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-22 09:37 AM | Reply

The collosal ego on this dumbass is astounding.

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2022-09-22 10:03 AM | Reply

Does the FBI and NARA need to execute search warrants at Bedminster, Trump Tower, along with every other Trump property he's stayed at since he left the White House?


If they don't they are being stupid.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2022-09-22 11:24 AM | Reply


Trump thinks because he held a civil servant job in the Oval Office he WAS the state.

He was just the president temporarily (unfortunately for America). This is what Americans get for electing a moron who is ignorant of history and how governments actually work.

You would think we would learn. But the first lesson of history is that we don't learn from history. At least 34% of us haven't learned a damn thing and and they lived through it. And republicans in Congress have learned to be cowards.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-09-22 01:49 PM | Reply

I've got Professor X on the phone he says he's detecting high levels of cluelessness, combined with narcissism, and a craving for cheeseburgers emitting from MAL.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-22 02:01 PM | Reply

Trump thinks because he held a civil servant job in the Oval Office he WAS the state.

When Trump first indicated he had no idea of the constitutional role of the presidency, I posted that Trump actually thinks that he was elected Galactic Emperor with all the supernatural powers of a Sith lord.

The worst part is knowing Trump's ignorance, Republicans keep deferring to his idiotic entreaties that those who know the law and Constitution are the ones persecuting him out of political spite and that his nonsensical renditions of grievance are not underpinned in our laws.

No Donald, we're simply holding you to the same standards every President before and since you were held to. They all understood that being President doesn't mean you can do anything you want to anytime you want to.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-22 02:01 PM | Reply

Ruh-roh. Judge Cannon's backtracked on her ruling in favor of the former guy. Oops. Trump and his attorneys now have no right to review, hold, have, handle any classified documents.

#7 | Posted by YAV at 2022-09-22 02:06 PM | Reply

Uh uh. I'll wager Der Dotard gave thought to troop deployment, launching nuclear missiles, and touching young interns while in office. Glad that none of it happened.

The entire argument about HRC's email server was that its use and location were outside the bounds of government rules and protocol. The GOP was who put forth that argument. Now, with the cheap shoe being on the other foot the corpulent insurrectionist and his toadies are claiming the opposite of what they did in trying to hang Hillary.

I hope that the Orange One did not lose, give away or otherwise compromise top secret information. If he did, that may come out in court in Trump's treason trial. Some of his shills will still be standing ready to claim that no harm was done and that no one died. Disbursing that information puts at risk sources and methods, so someone could or may already be dead, thanks to the former President of The United States. There is no way that can be downplayed, shrugged off, forgiven or ignored...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2022-09-22 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Link? Or are you referring to the appeals court decision?

#9 | Posted by qcp at 2022-09-22 02:24 PM | Reply

#9 - I am not. I am referring to Cannon's backtracking as a result of being smacked down by the appeals court.

The term "seized material" in the Court's Order Appointing Special Master [ECF No. 91]
is modified to include all materials seized on August 8, 2022, except the approximately
one-hundred documents bearing classification markings
[ECF No. 91 2].
2. Paragraph 5(b)(i)(bb) of the Order Appointing Special Master is hereby STRICKEN
[ECF No. 91 5].
3. Paragraph 6 of the Order Appointing Special Master is hereby STRICKEN [ECF No. 91

Case 9:22-cv-81294-AMC Document 104 Entered on FLSD Docket 09/22/2022 Page 2 of 2
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Fort Pierce, Florida this 22nd day of September 2022.
cc: counsel of record

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2022-09-22 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Any veterans that beleive this?

#11 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-09-22 03:07 PM | Reply

Remember when Trump tweeted top secret info and nobody held him accountable? Is this the slippery slope we've heard so much about over the years?

#12 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2022-09-22 04:42 PM | Reply

Wow, declassification thru mental telepathy.

No wonder he should be King of America!

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-09-22 06:47 PM | Reply

As an aside ------- claimed the us fbi was carrying Russian made ak47 rifles

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-09-22 07:16 PM | Reply

Top GOP senators reject Trump's declassification comments and call for proper storage of secret records

Asked about Trump's claim on Fox News that he could simply declassify documents by thinking about it and there's no process for him to follow to do that, Senate GOP Whip John Thune told CNN there's a process for declassifying documents. "And I think it ought to be adhered to and followed. And I think that should apply to anybody who has access to or deals with classified information," Thune said.

Sen. Thom Tillis, a two-term Republican from North Carolina who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN that he believes there's a process that must be followed by a President to declassify the records. "I believe there's a formal process that needs to go through, that needs to be gone through and documented," Tillis said "And to the extent they were declassified, gone through the process, that's fine. ... As I understand the Executive Branch requirements, there is a process that one must go through."

Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee, called the handling of classified documents a "very serious" issue. "I think anyone who takes the time to appropriately protect that information and who has taken the time to see what's in the information would have serious concerns about how items could be accessed if they're not stored properly," Rounds told CNN. "And so once again, up here, we take it very seriously. People can get hurt, people can get killed if it's not stored correctly, and if that information gets out."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and top Trump ally, also dismissed the former President's claims. "The process is probably more complicated than that," he said of Trump's claim that he could declassify anything by thinking about it.

Wonder if any of these Senators will go on Fox and say what they've said here?

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-22 07:29 PM | Reply

Wow! A few Republicans stating the truth about Trump? Hard to believe but apparently true.I guess anything is possible but they will go back to kissing Trump's ass tomorrow.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2022-09-23 09:21 AM | Reply

BTW did anyone see the size of -------- ass during the Hannity interview? It looked like it was a snake trying to swallow that chair he was sitting on.

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-09-23 10:36 AM | Reply

Middle Age Riot


A president can declassify any top secret document simply by snorting Adderall off it.

#18 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-09-23 02:41 PM | Reply

Any veterans that beleive this?


Only veterans of the Psychic Wars.

#19 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-09-23 03:03 PM | Reply

Dotard's lawyers must have been facepalming like crazy and looking for their ripcords during this interview. He admitted to knowingly stealing the records, KNOWING IT WAS WRONG, and Dotard's attorney Eric Hirschman will testify that he told Diaper Donnie that it was ILLEGAL! We know he was famous for destroying presidential records while he sullied the WH and must have been briefed about the PRA on numerous occasions because of this, so he can't claim ignorance of the law. I watched that interview and some "highlights" of his Ohio Klan rally and the cheese appears to have less and less relationship with his cracker with each blurt out of his hamburder hole.

#20 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2022-09-23 04:03 PM | Reply

At some point will at least one MAGAt come clean and admit voting for Trump, even once, was an obviously stupid and dangerous move.

#21 | Posted by anton at 2022-09-23 04:57 PM | Reply

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