Our soon-to-be-senior-senator is something else. (Again, explain to me WHY this guy is better than a Democrat. )
He gets a career-saving endorsement from Donald Trump that really pulls his chestnuts out of the fire in 2020. Thom Tillis thanks the man by going on CNN to sh@t all over him. During the debate on the border wall, Tillis took to Fox News to badmouth the president’s approach.
Once again, he and his bad haircut are stabbing the Donald in the back on CNN:
CNN’s Manu Raju asked Republican Sens. John Thune, Thom Tillis, and Mike Rounds about former President Trump’s comment that he could have declassified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago just by willing it to be so.
MANU RAJU, CNN: This is different than the past month, in the aftermath of the search of Mar-a-Lago in which a number of top Republicans sidestepped questions about it like Mitch McConnell declined to comment about what happened there, or Kevin McCarthy in the House who essentially defended Donald Trump and attacked the FBI.
A difference here in that some Republican senators reacting to the aftermath of Donald Trump’s comments last night, in which he suggested there was no process for declassifying records. And that he could simply think about it even and declassify those records. When I put that question to the key republican senators, they pushed back.
SEN. JOHN THUNE: There’s a process for declassifying documents. And I think it ought to be adhered to and followed.
SEN. THOM TILLIS: There’s a formal process that needs to be gone through and documented… As I understand, the executive branch requirements there is a process one must go through.
SEN. MIKE ROUNDS: I think anyone who takes the time to appropriately protect that information, and who has taken the time to see what’s in the information would have serious concerns about how items could be accessed, if they’re not stored properly.
MANU RAJU CNN: So breaking from the former president and his allies who said everything was handled appropriately. There are still some serious questions on both sides of the aisle here on the Hill about what exactly was in those documents, they have demanded briefings among the top intelligence committee leaders and the top leaders in Congress.
I am told there is an expectation that that briefing among the top members could happen as soon as next week, could give the Hill, key lawmakers, their first glimpse about what was retrieved in Mar-a-Lago last month.
So, Tillis and Thune and the rest of these morons go on GOP-hating CNN to bash Trump on something they know as little as we do about. On the other hand, not knowing a damn thing about the subject matter has rarely stopped a Swamp-dweller from stepping in front of a live TV camera.
I myself have had a Secret clearance. I know people who have had clearances much higher. They tell me that nearly all the stuff you see marked ‘classified’ or ‘secret’ or whatever has already shown up somewhere in the drive-by media. In most cases, classifying something is a big, fat joke.
Shockingly, The NY Times is incredibly honest on this whole classified documents brouhaha:
[…] The legal basis for the classification system comes from the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief. Presidents have established and developed it through a series of executive orders dating to the era encompassing World War II and the early Cold War. The current directive, Executive Order 13526, was issued by President Barack Obama in 2009.[…]
So, the president DOES have the ultimate authority to classify something. What about declassifying? Here’s the latest on that from Obama’s executive order now in the National Archives:
[…] Sec. 3.1. Authority for Declassification. (a) Information shall be declassified as soon as it no longer meets the standards for classification under this order.
(b) Information shall be declassified or downgraded by:
(1) the official who authorized the original classification, if that official is still serving in the same position and has original classification authority;
(2) the originator’s current successor in function, if that individual has original classification authority;[…]
In other words, the president who classified something, or his successor(s), can also declassify stuff.