Donald Trump had a “ standing order ” that the documents at Mar-A-Lago were to be considered declassified, according to a statement the former president’s office provided to Just the News on Friday.
“The very fact that these documents were present at Mar-a-Lago means they couldn’t have been classified,” the former president’s office stated. “As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents including classified documents from the Oval Office to the residence.”
“He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified,” the statement added. “The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of the United States. The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with classification authority delegated BY THE PRESIDENT, needs to approve of declassification is absurd.”
The Left in government leadership will attempt to contest that, but the President has very broad powers in this area. Obama himself solidified that power in 2009.
Obama’s executive order no. 13526 , issued in 2009, laid out the stringent process all federal officials and agencies needed to follow for declassification but explicitly exempted the sitting president and vice president from having to follow those procedures.
There is also an executive order by George W. Bush in 2003 that covers it.
Kash Patel, Trump’s national security advisor, said that all the documents at Mar-a-Lago were declassified.
The raid on Mar-a-Lago was a serious assault on the President’s rights, but that is how Democrats have operated all along. This has been decided for almost two decades, probably before. We spotted this on legal insurrection: Again, the classification statutes/regulations *do not apply* to […]
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