Congressman Michael McCaul (TX) invoked the “[Donald Trump] can declassify a document on a moment’s notice” excuse as he defended the former president’s possession of the classified documents the FBI confiscated during their search at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has already self-sabotaged his legal claim of declassifying the Mar-a-Lago documents, and ABC’s Martha Raddatz noted that former Attorney General Bill Barr just gave an interview where he torpedoed the premise of McFaul’s defense.
“There’s a process for declassification,” McFaul conceded, “but again, the president’s in a very different position than most of us in the national security space.”
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GOP Rep. Weakly Backs Trump’s Declassification Defense That Bill Barr Just Blew Up https://t.co/IxTXPTIc7u
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 4, 2022
profiles in cowardice with Michael McCaul pic.twitter.com/EimhsAfBIl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2022
Nearly one month since the FBI’s search of former Pres. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, GOP Rep. Michael McCaul cited the privileges given to Trump as a former president as justification for taking 15 boxes of classified documents out of the White House. https://t.co/lkHhapaeV5
— ABC News (@ABC) September 4, 2022
Rep. McCaul: Trump has “different set of rules” for declassifying documents
“I have lived in the classified world most of my professional career, I personally wouldn’t do that but I’m not the president of the United States.”https://t.co/UjcEVXD3Yn
— Axios (@axios) September 4, 2022
“I hate to see people’s faith in our institutions being weakened,” says Rep. Mike McCaul, even as he refuses to defend the FBI and DOJ from charges that he knows to be full of crap. https://t.co/jr8paZjtaW
— Jay Bookman (@jaysbookman) September 4, 2022
“Saying that Republicans are a threat to democracy is really a slap in the face.”
GOP Rep. Michael McCaul says Pres. Biden’s speech “basically condemned all Republicans who supported Donald Trump in the last election—that’s over 70 million people.” https://t.co/XW04oOaKEQ pic.twitter.com/O0XEanAiO0
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