White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump’s tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton’s emails “were not self-executing declassification orders,” after a federal judge demanded that Trump be asked about his intentions.
Why it matters: BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold cited the tweets in an emergency motion seeking to gain access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the first time Trump himself has indicated, according to Meadows, that his tweets are not official directives.
Mark Meadows admits under oath that Trump lied about declassifying Russia probe documents https://t.co/CvpJLy9Oe6
— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 20, 2020
President Trump told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows his tweets about declassifying all Russia documents weren’t an order to declassify or release those records, according to a sworn statement filed in court. https://t.co/XW6lNcx1y9
— CNN (@CNN) October 20, 2020
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 20, 2020