Donald Trump famously spent his time in the White House saying and doing things that elicited a response “Let’s donate this man’s body to science so we can find the problem with him ASAP .” He suggested America exchange Puerto Rico for Greenland; declare you can cancer caused by sound; tell everyone Melania Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is best friend, despite the fact that the two have never met; public enmity with a dead person; constantly bragging that he was named “Michigan Man of the Year, “An award does not exist. It is clear that this series of non-addition continues. But last night, Trump added another to the list that was supposed to put all others to shame by seeing the depths of the madness.
Asked in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the “process” of declassifying government documents that the FBI recovered from Mar-a-Lago — which Trump spent last month insisting, without evidence, that he did — the former president replied : “Doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it [to declassify]… If you are the president of the United States, you can declassify it by saying it has been declassified, even by thinking about it… there may be a process but not necessarily. “
To be clear, it was Donald Trump claiming he declassified top secret documents with his mind, this has the difference that both are crazy and not how any of these work, which people who knew what they were talking about were quick to confirm:
Since the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago on August 8, Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted that he declassified government documents they discovered, but when the owner specifically The special assigned to his case asked Trump’s lawyers this week for factual evidence of the alleged declassification. , they refuse to provide any. To be clear, if the former president has declassified information — and again, the former Trump administration supports persistent this never happened — he wouldn’t be able to do so just by thinking really, really hard. Is it completely crazy that we have to say that? Yes yes it is.
Just before the interview aired on Fox, Trump suffered a major blow when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals stand to the side of with the Justice Department, ruled that the FBI could use classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago as part of its criminal investigation. Formerly, federal judges Aileen Cannon yes throw the former president a bone and block prosecutors from using the aforementioned documents until a special master’s review is complete. In a move that is sure to lead to a series of posts on Truth Social, a panel of three judges called Trump’s declassified statements, writing: “Plaintiff alleges that he may have declassified these documents while he was President. But the records show no evidence that any of these records have been declassified. And before the special master, Plaintiff has resisted providing any evidence that he has declassified any of these documents.” It then went on to say that even if Trump did declassify the information, it wouldn’t matter because it’s government property, not his. “In any event,” the ruling stated, “at least for these purposes, the declassification argument is a red herring because declassifying an official document will not change the content.” of it or make it personal.” While Trump’s allies are sure to put forth some conspiracy theories about the appellate court judges being part of a “deep state,” the panel includes two Trump-appointed judges, with the third is appointed by Barack Obama.
Trump’s lawyers can still Stunning his case to the Supreme Court, and given that SCOTUS is dominated by conservatives, three of whom Trump has appointed himself, it is a worrying prospect. On the other hand, judges have ruled him in the pastand as they say, a broken beer bottle exactly twice a day.
Of course, the appeals court ruling isn’t the only legal blow Trump has suffered this week. On Wednesday, the New York attorney general Letitia James announce a big lawsuit against the former chairman, several of his adult children and his company, alleging fraud over an “incredible” years. Trump has yet to say whether he will bring all the alleged criminals back to his own prescribed time of law, but perhaps a statement from his lawyers is about to be released. Father.