Kash Patel, a former Federal Prosecutor and Department of Defense officer under previous President Donald Trump, has exposed a major problem in the assertions made by the Biden Department of Justice after the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Patel indicated that claims of secret papers discovered at a Palm Beach house are deceptive since the documents in question have previously been declassified.
“Trump declassified whole sets of materials in anticipation of leaving government that he thought the American public should have the right to read themselves,” Patel informed Breitbart News.
“The White House counsel failed to generate the paperwork to change the classification markings, but that doesn’t mean the information wasn’t declassified,” he stated.
“This story is just another disinformation campaign designed to break the public trust in a president that lived on transparency. It’s yet another way to attack Trump and say he took classified information when he did not,” Patel said.
NBC News published the Breitbart-cited piece that Patel may have referenced in February. In that article, NBC reported that the National Archives and Records Administration acknowledged it had discovered classified items in the 15 boxes of records Trump sent in response to their request.
Archivist David S. Ferriero said in a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, “NARA has identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes,”
According to Breitbart, Patel dismissed the allegation as “disinformation,” adding that, “The story says the National Archives found the documents had classification markings on them. That doesn’t mean that they were not declassified. All previously classified documents have classification markings on them, it shows they used to be classified.”
“It’s petty bureaucracy at its finest, government simpletons not following a president’s orders to have them marked ‘declassified.’ The president has unilateral authority to declassify documents — anything in government. He exercised it here in full,” he stated.
The former DOD official went on to say that he does not believe the National Archives checked with the Trump administration to see if the documents had ever been declassified, and that the National Archives will therefore refuse to release the documents to the American public as Trump had allegedly intended.
“They are not a classification authority. I don’t believe they have unilateral authority to reclassify something the president declassified. They are the holder of records,” he stated.
Without elaborating on the nature of the documents, Patel projected that the Biden administration would assert that Trump was seeking to release “secret” information, although he noted:
“It’s information that Trump felt spoke to matters regarding everything from Russiagate to the Ukraine impeachment fiasco to major national security matters of great public importance — anything the president felt the American people had a right to know is in there and more.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Patel had laid out this scenario with the National Archives during Benny Johnson’s “The Benny Show” on July 4.
Describing that he was selected to be Trump’s representative at the National Archives and that elements within the government attempted to stop a mass declassification order initiated by Trump.
“At my request, on December 30, 2020, the Department of Justice provided the White House with a binder of materials related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Portions of the documents in the binder have remained classified and have not been released to the Congress or the public. I requested the documents so that a declassification review could be performed and so I could determine to what extent materials in the binder should be released in unclassified form.” Trump wrote in the order. CONTINUE READING…