Trump’s latest defense for Mar-a-Lago documents is everyone ‘brings home their work from time to time’ and the files were automatically declassified

There are steps that must be taken to declassify material and it cannot be done with a standing order, handwaving, or trump bellowing “Mine, my precious”.   In fact the president cannot declassify some nuclear secrets.   Also remember that trump lost both the clearance a president has and his right to intelligence briefings because Biden said he was erratic.   The fact is this is a national security matter.  He had these documents that were highly classified improperly stored and he is known to be associating with two foreign government that desperately want those documents, Russia and Saudi Arabia.  Some of the documents are so secret thatthe FBI plans to dust them for prints.        Hugs
 
Former President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

Former President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. 

  • Trump’s new explanation for Mar-a-Lago documents is that “everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time.”
  • Trump claimed he had a “standing order” to declassify documents “the moment” they left the Oval Office.
  • The DOJ is investigating whether Trump broke three laws when he took government records to Mar-a-Lago.

Former President Donald Trump said that everyone takes work home sometimes, as he sought to develop a new line to explain why top secret government documents were stored at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different,” said the statement from Trump’s office on Friday night read out on Fox News.

Trump further claimed that he had a “standing order” to declassify documents “the moment” they left the Oval Office.

“President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents, including classified documents, from the Oval Office to the residence. He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them,” the statement said.

It claimed that the power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the president and that he did not need approval from a “paper-pushing bureaucrat.”

This new defense – portraying Trump as just another hard-working American – contradicts previous statements by Trump and his lawyers that baselessly claimed the FBI could have planted evidence while on site.

While the president has the authority to declassify documents, legal experts say they must follow a defined procedure. It is not clear if Trump ever did.

“He can’t just wave a wand and say it’s declassified,” Richard Immerman, a historian and an assistant deputy director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, told NBC News. “There has to be a formal process. That’s the only way the system can work.” 

Immerman noted that declassified documents are marked with the date they were declassified. It is not the case with some of the documents returned from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives this year, per NBC.

When reports of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago emerged in May, former Trump administration official Kash Patel claimed that Trump had declassified the files shortly before leaving office but that the classified markings had not been removed.

When searching Mar-a-Lago, FBI agents recovered 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were marked top-secret.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether Trump broke three laws, including the Espionage Act, when he took government records to Mar-a-Lago after he left office, according to the warrant unsealed on Friday.

One of the laws relates to removing information about the US’s national defense, and the other two relate to the concealment or destruction of government records.

The possible crimes being investigated do not depend on the classification of the documents.

“Because the Espionage Act speaks in terms of national defense information, it leaves open the possibility that such information could be unclassified as long as an agency is still taking steps to protect it from disclosure,”  Steven Aftergood, who runs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, told The New York Times.

 

 

Sarah • 2 hours ago • edited

He sounds like a second-grader trying to explain why they don’t have their homework to turn in.

Boreal • 2 hours ago

I didn’t take any documents
Okay, I took documents but they weren’t classified
Okay, they were top secret but I declassified them
Look over there, Obama took 30 million documents with him!

8 thoughts on “Trump’s latest defense for Mar-a-Lago documents is everyone ‘brings home their work from time to time’ and the files were automatically declassified

    1. Hello Nan. Think how deluded his cult must be. They constantly talked about how much trump did for the country, how much he accomplished during his one term. When asked they claim he made us energy independent, which Obama did. They claim he secured the border, which was not true he never built the wall. They claim that trump had the best economy which again was a lie he was given it from Obama and it was slowing down under trump. They simply name feel good stuff that is not backed up by facts or policy. They cannot name a policy he passed into law. But they forget what he did do, he pushed for and signed a law that gave a lot of the US tax revenue to the wealthiest people including himself while adding a large amount to the national debt. Now the cult forgets he had the smallest work schedule of any president spending most of his day in executive time, which was goof off watching TV time for him. He gave about four hours a day if that in the Oval Office. Yet he was such a hard worker he took the super classified stuff, some of which could only be viewed in a secure facility called a scif, to his private quarters at night to work on. That is why as he was becoming a not president he took them to his club residence and stored them in the basement so he could work on them? He was not the president, he couldn’t work on any of them. But in their minds, it shows how hard-working he is. Hugs

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      1. DELUSION: (1) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary; (2) A mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea; (3) a persistent false belief.

        Hmmm. Do any of these remind you of anything or anybody????

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        1. Hello Nan. How did that person not only get to be president but inspire an entire cult based on himself. The lowest of the low. The funny thing is if the that the only reason his cult flocks to him is a TV production team built up a myth that he was super wealthy when he was not. But the thing I kept hearing in interviews from his followers is “He talks like I talk”, or “He says what I think” which means they see he is like them in their feeling driven unreasoned daily lives. What this means is we have a small lowest reasoning part of the population controlling an entire political party. Which wants to control the rest of us. To me this is super scary. This has happened in history. Most famously in Germany in the 1930s. We have also seen this in the religious take over in Iran back in the 1978 / 1979. Small fanatic drive groups took over these countries and forced the rest of the population to live under their view of their religion and they still are. That could happen here in the US. Hugs

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  1. Hi Scottie;
    This is an engineered problem. It was KNOWN that he took documents out of the White House. He was officially requested to return them. HE REFUSED. The Southern Poverty Law Center needs to declare on the Trump Cult.

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    1. Hello Randy. Very correct. It matters they were classified only because of what the information that was in them that foreign governments would pay dearly to have. The legal fact was he had no right to them, he was asked by the GOJ to return them, he was ordered by a court to return them, his lawyer signed a document saying that all materials had been returned and there was no more at Mar-a-Lago. He broke a lot of laws. But I find it funny his cult is so deluded that they think trump, who took more time off than any other president and only went to the Oval about 4 hours a day, was so hard working he took files to work on at night. Plus he took them to Florida so he could work on them as a non-president he was so hard working? Imagine how much outrage these same cult members would have if Obama had taken these to his home and put them in the basement. They would explode in anger. Hugs

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    2. Hello Randy. I did it again. The symbol the system is using for you and Roger are too close together in looks, so I am going to have to pay a lot more attention to the name until I get used to that. I may have changed the avatar system to cause more separation there looks. Hugs

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