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(14,971 posts)
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 03:49 PM Aug 2022

Ben Rhodes just said on MSNBC that there's no way Trump declassified all those documents

He said there's a lot of protocol Trump would have to go through and there's no way he would have gotten this done on his way out the door. It doesn't matter one way or the other but confirms my suspicions.

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(6,137 posts)
4. Right, and I would think, given how government works,
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 03:53 PM
Aug 2022

that there would be a paper trail and rubber stamps or other markings on the documents.


(51,792 posts)
6. More directly, had he declassified everything, the doj would have known that
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 03:59 PM
Aug 2022

Among the many steps I'm sure they took out of an abundance of caution before raising the home of a former president, I'm quite certain they would have checked to make sure that whatever materials he took were in fact still classified.

Note that the government maintains an inventory of all classified material, so they likely knew in advance exactly what materials were missing, at least for some of it.

Very very likely, they did at least some inventory any found certain classified documents missing. Seems pretty basic. You don't go looking for bank robbers if all the bank's money is still where it's supposed to be.


(14,971 posts)
10. Yep. Judd Legum said on Twitter that Presidents can't declassify nuclear documents.
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:16 PM
Aug 2022

Only the Atomic Energy Commission can declassify those.


(6,913 posts)
8. He declassified the documents by thinking 'I declassify you.' It's a useful power.
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:04 PM
Aug 2022

I am sure he didn’t bother with all the regulatory red tape.


(51,792 posts)
11. Someone here posted a clip of michael Scott from "the office" saying "I declare bankruptcy"
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:19 PM
Aug 2022

Yeah, there's actually some paperwork involved 😂


(12,133 posts)
9. I doubt he did, but
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:08 PM
Aug 2022

Even if so those records and documents belong in the archives, not growing moldy in Florida.

Lock him up


(1,822 posts)
12. So he declassified..
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:22 PM
Aug 2022

So we’re to believe Trump declassified something that goes beyond “Top Secret” classification? If so he should be allowed nowhere near the levers of government again.


(5,589 posts)
13. No, he didn't.
Fri Aug 12, 2022, 04:25 PM
Aug 2022

There's a process for different levels of declassification and he didn't do any of it. He can't wave a magic wand. In addition, some of it is so sensitive that it CAN'T be declassified.

Regardless, and I wish the media would report this, Biden stripped him of his security clearance, so he was not authorized to have ANY of it.

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