The plot continues to thicken regarding the potential indictment of former President Donald Trump over his handling of classified documents. Contrary to the prevalent narrative suggesting Trump’s disregard for rules, a fresh witness from the heart of Washington has emerged, providing evidence to the contrary.
According to a CNN report, this witness is a former White House official who served as an adviser on declassifying documents during both the Obama and Trump administrations. The official has cited specific instances when Trump adhered scrupulously to the protocols of document declassification.
The identity of this official remains undisclosed, but they claim that Trump was well-versed in the declassification process. However, they stopped short of claiming Trump adhered to it unfailingly.
When questioned about the contrast between the investigations into President Joe Biden’s and Trump’s handling of classified documents, the official noted the marked disparity in the intensity of each probe.
The former official offered a notable account of how Trump and his aides meticulously ensured the proper declassification of certain documents, like a 2018 memo related to the Russia probe, which was later discredited. He recalled how John Eisenberg, former National Security Council lawyer, guided the process of reviewing and redacting the document alongside other White House attorneys.
It’s been reported that Trump declassified many documents automatically, while his lawyers have suggested that as the administration left office, several classified documents were hastily gathered and packed. However, there is no confirmation that Trump followed the proper declassification process for these documents.
Renowned attorney and legal scholar, Alan Dershowitz, has framed the potential indictment of Trump as a form of election interference. He emphasized the attempt to transfer the power from voters to Justice Department officials, jurors, lawyers, and judges, expressing certainty that an indictment is on the horizon.
Trump, in his signature fashion, has responded to these developments by citing political motives as the driving force behind the legal challenges against him. He has taken to his social media platform, Truth Social, to voice his opinion, stating that the actions of a Department of Justice prosecutor have brought shame to the institution. He called for the alleged fake case against him to be dropped and for an investigation into the wrongdoings taking place at the DOJ and FBI.
As we continue to monitor this evolving narrative, the newfound witness testimony underscores the importance of due process and the dangers of allowing political motives to overshadow legal proceedings. Whether it’s former President Trump or any other individual, the sanctity of justice should remain paramount.