On Friday, the National Archives confirmed that former President Donald Trump did indeed remove classified national security documents from the White House and take them to Mar-a-Lago when he left office in January of 2021.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s actions were so egregious that the National Archives sent a letter to Congress stating that it has “identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes”
“Because NARA identified classified information in the boxes, NARA staff has been in communication with the Department of Justice.”
Now that the DOJ is involved, Trump could be looking at criminal charges for his actions regarding those classified documents.
A few hours after that Times report dropped, Trump fired off an unhinged, rambling statement via his spokesperson, Liz Harrington, insisting that the National Archives “did not ‘find’ anything.
“They were given, upon request, Presidential Records in an ordinary and routine process to ensure the preservation of my legacy and in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. If this was anyone but ‘Trump,’ there would be no story here. Instead, the Democrats are in search of their next Scam.”
That was only the tip of the iceberg, with the ex-president going on an extended rant that veered from subject to subject:
“The Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax turned out to be a Democrat inspired fake story to help Crooked Hillary Clinton. Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, has all been a Hoax. The Fake News is making it seem like me, as the President of the United States, was working in a filing room. No, I was busy destroying ISIS, building the greatest economy America had ever seen, brokering Peace deals, making sure Russia didn’t attack Ukraine, making sure China didn’t take over Taiwan, making sure there was no inflation, creating an energy independent country, rebuilding our military and law enforcement, saving our Second Amendment, protecting our Border, and cutting taxes.”
But it was how Trump ended his angry posting that seemed to suggest his supporters should lash out with violence:
“Now, Russia is invading Ukraine, our economy is being destroyed, our Border is once again overrun, and the mandate continues. Instead of focusing on America, the media just wants to talk about their plan to ‘get’ Trump. The people won’t stand for it any longer!”
President Donald J. Trump:
“The National Archives did not “find” anything, they were given, upon request, Presidential Records in an ordinary and routine process to ensure the preservation of my legacy and in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. If this was… pic.twitter.com/XhjZeX2ujy
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 19, 2022
While it’s impossible to know Trump’s intent in claiming “the people won’t stand for it any longer,” it’s worth remembering that thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, shortly after the former president urged them to march on the seat of government.
This has been the Week from Hell for Trump, with bad news on the legal front in New York, where he’s been ordered to sit for a deposition. His accounting firm also cut all ties to him and said his financial statements cannot be trusted.
Things are falling apart for the Donald. And it couldn’t possibly happen to a more deserving person.
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