Trump's Claim That Documents Were Unclassified Is Not Unprecedented: Politico

Posted on AllSides August 16th, 2022
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Former President Donald Trump's claim that the documents seized by the FBI in a Mar-a-Lago raid were "all declassified" is not unprecedented, if he can prove it happened.

In the past, prosecutors have seen some leeway in exactly how a president may be able to declassify information without a clear paper trail, Politico noted.

Justice Department prosecutors had to consider whether Vice President Dick Cheney could unilaterally authorize his chief of staff, Scooter Libby, to leak to journalists the key findings of a then-highly classified intelligence report on Iraq's efforts to acquire...

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