Kash Patel Pressed On Trump Declassification Claims During Grand Jury Testimony

TUCSON, ARIZONA - JULY 31: Kash Patel, a former chief of staff to then-acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, speaks during a campaign event for Republican election candidates at the Whiskey Roads Restaurant... TUCSON, ARIZONA - JULY 31: Kash Patel, a former chief of staff to then-acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, speaks during a campaign event for Republican election candidates at the Whiskey Roads Restaurant & Bar on July 31, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona. With less than two days to go before the Arizona primary election, candidates continue campaigning across the state. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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During Trump loyalist Kash Patel’s testimony in front of a grand jury on Thursday, prosecutors reportedly confronted him with his public claims that then-President Trump had declassified the documents the FBI found at Mar-a-Lago before he left office.

According to the Washington Post, Patel was asked about those assertions plus why and how Trump had brought the documents to Mar-a-Lago in the first place. It’s unclear what the ex-Trump official’s answers were.

The prosecutors didn’t expect Patel to say anything incriminating about Trump, the Post reports. Rather, the point of having Patel testify was reportedly designed to help them to figure out Trump’s defense strategy in the Mar-a-Lago case. More specifically, how the ex-president plans to invoke the declassification defense.

Patel was reportedly granted immunity for his testimony on Thursday, protecting him from facing criminal charges over whatever he told the grand jury – but only if he was truthful.

The ex-Trump official previously appeared in front of the grand jury last month for the first time, during which he reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment.

Patel’s testimony came several months after he told far-right outlet Breitbart that Trump had “declassified whole sets of materials in anticipation of leaving government that he thought the American public should have the right to read themselves.”

“I was there with President Trump when he said ‘We are declassifying this information,'” Patel said during the Breitbart interview in May.

Trump himself has claimed he had declassified the records with his mind (which isn’t a thing).

But curiously enough, while Trump repeatedly insists in interviews and on his Twitter knockoff app Truth Social that the documents were declassified, his lawyers have refused to make the same argument in court.

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  1. Even if they were declassified, which I doubt very much they were, they are still stolen documents.
    This just ain’t that hard, folks.

    Oh, and frist on behalf of checkmate​2016 who I nosed out on an earlier thread, which made me feel bad. Sorry, man.

  2. I’ve read countless times that the classification status of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago do not matter, that having them in Trump’s possession is a crime regardless.

    I’ve also heard if they’re truly declassified a FOIA request would have to be honored and whatever we saw in the photo on the floor in Trump’s office could be had for the asking. Why hasn’t a watchdog group publicly proclaimed they’ve made such a filing and put the government on the spot about why they haven’t been produced? Seems someone would have to own up to their classification status if a FOIA filing occurred.

  3. Trump himself has claimed he had declassified the records with his mind (which isn’t a thing).

    Wait, no such thing as declassification by using one’s mind alone, or Trump has no mind?

  4. Patel was reportedly granted immunity for his testimony on Thursday, protecting him from facing criminal charges over whatever he told the grand jury – but only if he was truthful.

    Promised immunity to a skunk but only if he smelled like flowers…

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