Donald Trump, who at various points this week has either claimed directly or through his legal team that he had declassified the classified documents before the stole them, and that the Feds planted the documents in his home. It’s not clear why we’re supposed to believe that the Feds would plant documents in his house that he had already declassified, but we’re at that stage of desperate gibberish.
Now Trump has entered a new stage, where he’s claiming on his own failed social network that the seized documents were covered under executive privilege and attorney-client privilege. We’re not even sure where to start with this. For one thing, privilege doesn’t apply to criminal acts, so it’s not relevant to the classified documents he stole. And the Feds have a sophisticated process to ensure that if any privileged information is unintentionally taken during a seizure, it’s sorted by a taint team and returned, without the investigators in the case ever even seeing it.
The real story here is that Donald Trump now appears to be at the “Give me back the stuff I tried to steal” stage of his downfall. He still seems hung up about the fact that he won’t get to do whatever else he was planning to do with the classified information he stole. He’s perhaps still too busy grieving over that loss for it to have fully sunk in that these seized classified documents will now be used to send him to prison. Talk about denial.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report