Trump’s Classified Documents Defense Is Unraveling Faster Than You Can Say “Lock Him Up”

In the six weeks since then donald trump‘s Palm Beach home has been raided by the FBI, the ex-president and his allies have been making up all sorts of bullshit as to why it was perfectly reasonable for him to take top secret documents from the White House and refuse to return them, despite repeated requests from its rightful owner, i.e. the US government. Said bullshit includes things like:

  • The boxes were packed in a hurry and no one really knew what was inside.
  • “Everyone” brings their “work” home, and Trump was no different.
  • Trump loves scrapbooking and he wanted to use the documents for this totally innocent purpose.
  • Federal agents dropped the documents as part of a setup at Mar-a-Lago.
  • People steal secret documents all the time and it’s never been a big deal until now.
  • melania trump, and not Donald, was the one who took her and she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (That’s a joke, but when it comes down to it, you know he wouldn’t hesitate for a second to throw his third wife and several of his children under the bus.)

But there is one excuse in particular, widely used by Trump and his cronies: that the former president declassified the documents the Feds seized from his home and therefore did nothing wrong, making him a victim in all of this . The problem with this defense is that (1) more than a dozen former White House staffers told CNN it’s not true, and (2) when it comes to the laws Trump may have broken, it doesn’t matter whether the documents were released or not. But just for juks, shall we say, it’s true that Trump has declassified much of what the FBI agents uncovered at Mar-a-Lago and that could serve as his pass to his prison break. If that were the case, the ex-president and his legal team would have no problem telling the special master in charge of the case exactly what documents he was referring to, right? Apparently not so much. Possibly because – and we know this might come as a shock considering the famously honest person Donald Trump is at stake – it is a total lie.

In a filing filed Monday, Trump’s attorneys pushed back on a request from the special master – the senior US district judge raymond dearie, a.k.a. the guy Team Trump personally requested for the case — to provide “specific declassification information” to the court. Why the shame?

In their filing, Team Trump claimed that they did not need to reveal details about Trump’s (alleged) declassification, as such information could be used as a defense in the event of an indictment. And while it’s understandable why Trump’s lawyers want to be prepared for criminal charges, not everyone believes him.

“Why aren’t Trump attorneys telling Judge Dearie if Trump released the documents? That’s because the lawyers don’t lie and want to be disfellowshipped and expose their client to criminal charges of false disclosure.” Andreas Weissman, former General Counsel of the FBI, tweeted on Tuesday.

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