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Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned

By Curt_Anderson
August 13, 2022 10:27 am
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(New York Times)A lawyer for former President Trump signed a statement in June that all files in Mar-a-Lago had been given back. The F.B.I.’s search on Monday turned up more.

The signed declaration is a possible indication that Mr. Trump or his team were not fully forthcoming with investigators about the material.




Trump's legal team has a conundrum: They can't say they knowingly and falsely declared that all the files were returned. They can't say they mistakenly thought that all the files were returned because that indicates the classified and top secret documents were unsecured and not kept in a single secure location, aka SCIF. The choice is admitting to obstruction or mishandling classified information.

However, this may not be a problem for Trump and his legal team. They are not adverse to making illogical and contradictory arguments in Trump's defense. already they've claimed that the FBI "planted" the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago AND Trump had previously declassified those documents.

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on August 13, 2022 10:57 am
    Another contradictory and self-incriminating Trump defense is that Trump didn't do anything wrong AND Obama did it too so go after him.

    National Archives Rebuts Baseless Donald Trump Statements About Barack Obama and Classified Documents
    Days after the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home for classified documents, at least some of which reportedly relate to nuclear weapons, former President Donald Trump attempted to shift attention to former President Barack Obama. Trump’s Truth Social posts insinuated that he is being politically targeted and uniquely persecuted unlike his predecessor, but the National Archives rebutted that on Friday in a statement.
    lawandcrime.com


  2. by Donna on August 13, 2022 11:11 am
    Deflection, making up shit, weve seen this before.

    During Nixon's demise, his approval rating even among supporters plummeted during his final months. That isn't going to happen with Trump. The difference is that Nixon's supporters didn't have a cultish devotion to him; there was no cult of personality.



  3. by Curt_Anderson on August 13, 2022 11:51 am
    Donna,
    That's all true about Nixon compared to Trump. But the less zealous cult members must be exhausted defending Trump. I am sure it occurs to some of them that Trump lies and contradicts himself constantly. He said only mobsters and guilty people take the Fifth and Trump took the Fifth 440 times this week. Hillary's mishandling of classified documents was worthy of "Lock her up!" but his mishandling of top secret and very top secret documents is no big deal. And that's just this week.

    Last week we learned that Trump wanted his generals to be more Hitler's. Some of the cultists must have thought, wait, wasn't Hitler a bad guy? Nobody has contradicted that report, btw.

    Not all of them can live a state of perpetual cognitive dissonance.


  4. by islander on August 13, 2022 1:07 pm

    Regarding Hillary's mishandling of classified material.

    What we'll see Trump’s defenders try to do, among other things, is appeal to their old standby ‘what-about-ism’ and try to equate Hillary's mishandling of classified material on her email server as if it were on par with what Trump has done. It’s called a ‘false equivalency’ and I'm beginning to think it’s all but impossible to explain the difference to them.

    Hillary was most certainly culpable of mishandling classified material. Trump however stole classified documents and kept them in his home until he got caught. Vastly different! But I have already heard the false double standard argument as part of Trump’s defense for this and I guarantee we’ll hear the old “What about Hillary” argument again!

    Trump is in deep doo-doo this time and I don't realistically see him getting out of it. This is definitely getting more and more interesting.


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