Brookings Institution scholar Norman Ornstein points out that we quickly learned from the redacted affidavit that there was no lock on Trump’s storage area.
Beyond that, Ornstein says, “There is no revelation here beyond what we knew — which is just devastating to Trump.”
The former president had “documents, including the most sensitive national security secrets, handled in a slapdash fashion, kept in multiple unsecured locations, intermixed with photos and family stuff.”
Ornstein observes the plethora of “lies about what had and had not been returned [and] laughable assertions about Trump’s ability to declassify unilaterally.”
He concludes, “It reinforces how dangerous Trump is to the nation, and that is without any information yet about what malign reasons he had for grabbing these documents.”
vs. a Trump cultist blog whining:
Why do we read Trump cultist blogs? Because that's how we know what they're thinking and what their reasons are for continuing to support him.
The above comment shows us that they slavishly support Trump and that they have zero evidence for what was posted on their blog. It's all weak, paranoid speculation and pathetic whining because Trump is in deep, deep trouble, and they just can't bring themselves to believe what a corrupt and colossal disaster he is for America.
They make up stories to shield themselves from the truth. Because THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH about Trump.
1) There were a LOT of documents
Of the 15 boxes Trump staffers returned to government possession in January, 14 contained super-secret information. “A preliminary triage of the documents with classification markings revealed the following approximate numbers: 184 unique documents bearing classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET, and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET.”
2) The claim of declassification is evidence against Trump It is telling that the government wants to highlight the argument from Trump’s team, raised in particular by Kash Patel, that Trump had a standing order to declassify the materials. (“FPOTUS COUNSEL 1 asked DOJ to consider a few ‘principles,’ which include FPOTUS COUNSEL 1′s claim that a President has absolute authority to declassify documents.” This is nonsense both factually and legally. It is also irrelevant to the retention of any government documents. There are no such principles that would help Trump here.
3) We don’t know how the government knew Trump still had more documents This portion of the affidavit is redacted, a necessary (and expected) measure to protect the investigation and identity of witnesses. If the Trump brain trust thought they were going to get the name of a “mole,” they really are living in fantasy land.
4) Trump had no right to keep top-secret documents in an unsecured location
5) We don’t know what actions might have violated the obstruction statute (Section 1519) and the mutilation statute (Section 2071) The latter subjects to criminal punishment “Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing ...”). We know from news reports that certain documents were torn. But we do not know whether Trump attempted to destroy or alter other documents. (His handwriting was found on some.) The New York Times previously reported that subpoenaed surveillance “footage showed that, after one instance in which Justice Department officials were in contact with Mr. Trump’s team, boxes were moved in and out of the room.”