Rachel Maddow explained that when Trump handled the documents himself, he lost deniability and the ability to blame someone else.
Video of Maddow:
Also this. “Trump went through the boxes himself late last year, in late 2021, according to multiple people briefed on his efforts, before he turned the boxes over.” He went through the boxes himself, i.e.,Trump did it personally, which means no passing the buck and saying it was somebody else who did it and you had no idea, and that’s the kind of crime you leave to the little people. I mean if it was him in there with his big old hands, his big hands — little hands — his hands in the boxes himself.
Trump going through the boxes himself means that he knew what was in the boxes and was trying to keep information from being given back to the United States government.
Donald Trump can’t blame someone else. The classified materials did not end up at his private club through a rushed packing mistake. The former president knew what he was doing when he took them.
Trump went through the boxes and handled classified information without a security clearance.
The feds know that Trump went through the boxes. The government knows that Trump lied to them and refused to hand over classified information, and now Trump has no deniability because he handled the documents.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association