While not even president, former President Donald Trump continues to be at the center of Washington, D.C. as the FBI raided his residence at Mar-a-Lago, claiming he possessed classified material. Although the raid was a surprise to many Republicans and the media, it came months after federal investigators removed what they suggested were national security documents from Trump’s property. That was in June. But with new evidence and even a witness, the FBI raided his Florida property, hoping to once again find a treasure trove of classified documents. But according to the Pentagon Chief of Staff for the Trump administration, Kash Patel, they are doing nothing more than wasting time.
Appearing on The Joe Pags Show, with host Joe Pagliarulo, Kash Patel detailed how the FBI will find nothing on Donald Trump. While they might not find any sensitive material, Patel did admit that the raid proved one thing – the death of due process. Not only did Patel admit the FBI will come up empty-handed, he walked viewers through the entire process of how Trump declassified countless documents before he left the White House, believing Americans had a right to know what the government was doing. Take a look.
And while some might believe Kash Patel is only defending Donald Trump, back in May, he told Breitbart News the same thing. “Trump declassified whole sets of materials in anticipation of leaving government that he thought the American public should have the right to read themselves. It’s information that Trump felt spoke to matters regarding everything from Russiagate to the Ukraine impeachment fiasco to major national security matters of great public importance — anything the president felt the American people had a right to know is in there and more,” Patel said then, adding that he was with Trump when the then-president said, “We are declassifying this information.”
On the other side of the aisle, Richard Immerman stated that while the president has the authority to declassify documents, there is a formal process. “He can’t just wave a wand and say it’s declassified. There has to be a formal process. That’s the only way the system can work. I’ve seen thousands of declassified documents. They’re all marked ‘declassified’ with the date they were declassified.” It should be noted that Immerman was the assistant deputy director of national intelligence for former President Barack Obama.
Another critic of Donald Trump, Bradley Moss, who is a lawyer, chimed in, admitting, “That’s not how it works. Trump could say we’re declassifying this until he’s blue in the face, but no one is allowed to touch those records until the markings are addressed.”
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on August 12, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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