donald trump famous spent his time in the White House saying and doing things that elicited the response “Give this man’s body to science so we can figure out what’s wrong with him as soon as possible.” He suggested to the United States exchange Puerto Rico for Greenland. Affirmed that you can get cancer because of the sound. tell people Melanie Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were close friends, despite the fact that the two had never met. Publicly competed with a dead man. Has repeatedly bragged about being named “Michigan Man of the Year», a price that does not exist. This list, of course, goes on and on. But last night Trump added another item to the record that arguably put everyone else to shame at the depths of the madman.
Asked in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity about his ‘process’ of declassifying government documents the FBI recovered from Mar-a-Lago — which Trump has spent the last month insisting, without evidence, he did — the ex-president replied: “It doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it [to declassify]…if you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even thinking about it…there may be a process, but it doesn’t have to be.
To be clear, it is Donald Trump who claims to have declassified top secret documents with his mind, which has the distinction of being both completely crazy and not how it all works, which people who know what they’re 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 declassify the government documents they uncovered, but when the special master appointed to his case asked for this week to Trump’s lawyers real proof of the supposed declassification. , they refused to provide. To be clear, if the ex-president had declassified the information — and again, former Trump administration aides insist it never happened – he wouldn’t have been able to do it just by thinking really, really hard. Is it crazy that we even have to say that? Yes yes it is.
Shortly before the interview aired on Fox, Trump suffered a major blow when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Department of Justice, ruling that the FBI can use classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago as part of its criminal investigation. Previously Federal Judge Cannon Aileen had thrown the ex-president a bone and blocked prosecutors from using said documents until a review by a special master was completed. In a move that will no doubt lead to a messy series of Truth Social posts, a three-judge panel dismissed Trump’s declassification requests as bullshit, writing, “Plaintiff suggests he may have declassified these documents. when he was president. But the file contains no evidence that any of these documents have been declassified. And before the special master, the plaintiff resisted providing any evidence that he had declassified any of these documents. He then went on to say that even if Trump had declassified the information, it wouldn’t matter anyway because it’s government property, not his. “In any event,” the ruling states, “at least for these purposes, the declassification argument is a red herring because declassifying an official document would not alter its content or make it personal.” While Trump allies will no doubt already have concocted conspiracy theories about the appeals court judges being part of the “deep state,” the panel was made up of two Trump-appointed judges, the third being named by Barak Obama.
Trump’s lawyers could still call his case to the Supreme Court, and given that SCOTUS is dominated by conservatives, three of whom Trump has named himself, it is a worrying prospect. On the other hand, judges have ruled against him in the pastand as they say, a broken beer bong is right twice a day.