Truth vs Narrative: The President DOES Have the Final Say on Declassification

August 30, 2022

STOP. LISTENING. TO. THE. MEDIA.

There are a million problems with the Mar-A-Lago raid: Constitutional Rights (see the 4th Amendment), a biased judge with connections to Jeffrey Epstein, leaks of fabricated information by the intelligence agencies to their Mockingbird media of choice, protocol violations, etc etc. The list goes on and on.


It will all be revealed in short order, rest assured.


But in the meantime, let's focus on black & white and stay out of the propaganda induced gray area that the system wants us all to fight other about, shall we?


The Narrative: Trump took classified documents. His claims that he declassified the documents in his possession are another lie and he doesn't have unilateral powers of declassification.


The Truth: He most certainly does. And there are laws, orders and even Supreme Court decisions that support this as truth. Keep in mind the time we are talking about. Those documents were declassified on January 19, 2021 - Trump was still President. Copies were removed from the White House around 9am on January 20, 2021 - - Trump was still President. Also keep in mind that I am in discussing this matter I referring ONLY to the scope of the actual legal process of changing the classification of a document itself.


The following is a very simple summary of the rights of a President with regards to Classification. The supporting Government Documents follow below for your reference.


Executive Order 13526

As president, Trump has the legal power to declassify information. He also has the authority to share information with whomever he wants.


Former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster: "is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people."


Trump is protected under an executive order that was signed by Barack Obama in 2009 establishing a uniform system for "classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information."

EO-13526
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The order allows the president to determine the system of designating classified information, and he is the ultimate authority over U.S. intelligence agencies, which gather and classify the information.


The Supreme Court confirmed as much in its 1988 ruling in Department of Navy v. Egan.


"[The president's] authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security … flows primarily from this constitutional investment of power in the president and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant," the court said.

86-1552_US_Navy_v_Egan_Opinion
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The laws, orders, processes are clear. The Supreme Court was clear.


Stop letting the government-controlled, Mockingbird Media set narratives that are complete lies in the face of written laws and precedent. We have enough to argue about as it is.


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