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Intelligence community would have balked at Trump's 'total nonsense' standing order to declassify documents, senior White House official says: report

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Former President Donald Trump holds up papers during a press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room on April 20, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP
Donald Trump claimed he could remove documents from the White House because of a "standing order."
Several former Trump officials told CNN that the claim was false or "total nonsense."
There would have been "tremendous pushback from the Intel Community and DoD," a senior White House official said.
Donald Trump's claim that he had a standing order allowing him to remove classified documents from the White House is "total nonsense," one senior...
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Ex-White House officials including 2 former chiefs of staff dispute Trump's claim he declassified docs found at Mar-A-Lago: 'Nothing approaching an order that foolish was ever given'

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Former President Donald Trump. Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Trump's newest defense for having "top secret" documents at his home is that they were "declassified." 18 former top officials of Trump are saying this is "complete fiction," per a CNN exclusive.
John Kelly and Mick Mulvaney said they never heard of any standing order for declassification.
Former President Donald Trump is claiming that the documents found at Mar-A-Lago during the FBI search of his home on August 8 were " declassified ." However, 18 of his former top officials say they believe this claim is "a complete fiction...
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