Former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched a memo to her Democratic colleagues that used Trump’s personal phrases on defending categorised secrets and techniques towards him.
Right here is the memo as supplied to PoliticusUSA by Rep. Pelosi:
For thirty years, I served on the Home Everlasting Choose Committee on Intelligence: first as a Member, then as Rating Member, then ex officio as Chief and Speaker. On the Committee, it was consistently impressed upon on us our duty to guard our Nation’s secrets and techniques. Revealing categorised info jeopardizes not solely our personal nationwide safety, however the confidence of our Allies in sharing their intelligence with us.
As you realize, within the Congress, once we overview categorised info, we can’t take away any paperwork – and even our personal notes – from the Capitol Advanced’s designated safe amenities. Members in each chambers and of each events perceive full properly the risks to America’s nationwide safety, and to sources and strategies, if categorised info will not be protected.
In truth, the previous president himself acknowledged the significance and the crucial of safeguarding categorised info, as indicated in public statements that he has made.
As President of america, on July 26, 2018, he mentioned:
“As the pinnacle of the chief department and Commander in Chief, I’ve a singular, Constitutional duty to guard the Nation’s categorised info, together with by controlling entry to it. … Extra broadly, the difficulty of [a former executive branch official’s] safety clearance raises bigger questions in regards to the follow of former officers sustaining entry to our Nation’s most delicate secrets and techniques lengthy after their time in Authorities has ended. Such entry is especially inappropriate when former officers have transitioned into extremely partisan positions and search to make use of actual or perceived entry to delicate info to validate their political assaults. Any entry granted to our Nation’s secrets and techniques ought to be in furtherance of nationwide, not private, pursuits.”
As a candidate for President of america, he mentioned:
- “In my administration I’m going to implement all legal guidelines in regards to the safety of categorised info. Nobody will probably be above the regulation.” (August 18, 2016)
- “We additionally have to battle this battle by gathering intelligence after which defending, defending our categorised secrets and techniques…We are able to’t have somebody within the Oval Workplace who doesn’t perceive the that means of the phrase confidential or categorised.” (September 6, 2016)
- “[O]ne of the primary issues we should do is to implement all classification guidelines and to implement all legal guidelines referring to the dealing with of categorised info.” (September 7, 2016)
- “We additionally want the perfect safety of categorised info.” (September 19, 2016)
- “Service members right here in North Carolina have risked their lives to accumulate categorised intelligence to guard our nation.” (November 3, 2016)
Everyone seems to be harmless till confirmed responsible. Nobody is above the regulation – not even the previous president. The indictment should go forth by the authorized course of, with out favor or worry.
Seeing Trump’s personal phrases about defending the nation’s secrets and techniques lined up so as makes a extra highly effective case towards the previous president than the rest might.
Trump knew higher. His statements for years previous to stealing authorities paperwork, and the audio tape show that he knew that what he was doing was flawed.
As a substitute of defending the nation’s secrets and techniques, Trump stole them and jeopardized the nation.
Nancy Pelosi lays out the case utilizing Trump’s personal phrases towards him.
Hopefully, the Division of Justice makes use of an analogous tactic throughout Donald Trump’s trial.
Jason is the managing editor. He’s additionally a White Home Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work targeted on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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