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Tue Oct 4, 2022, 11:44 AM

In Trump White House, classified records routinely mishandled, aides say

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Source: Washington Post

Aides who had worked in Donald Trump’s White House were not surprised this summer when the FBI found highly classified material in boxes at Mar-a-Lago, mixed with news clippings and other items. They’d seen such haphazard collections before. During his four years in office, Trump never strictly followed the rules and customs for handling sensitive government documents, according to 14 officials from his administration, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss what they called Trump’s mishandling of classified information.

He took transcripts of his calls with foreign leaders as well as photos and charts used in his intelligence briefings to his private residence with no explanation. He demanded that letters he exchanged with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un be kept close at hand so he could show them off to visitors. Documents that would ordinarily be kept under lock and key mingled with piles of newspaper articles in Trump’s living quarters and in a dining room that he used as an informal office.

Officials and aides who worked in proximity to Trump said they are not sure how more than 300 classified documents ended up at his Mar-a-Lago estate, triggering a lengthy effort to retrieve them that has resulted in a criminal investigation. But in the waning days of his presidency, as Trump grudgingly began to pack up his belongings, he included documents that should have been sent to the National Archives and Records Administration, along with news articles and gifts he received while president, several former officials said.

What those ex-Trump aides and advisers saw in an inventory of items recovered by the FBI in August — classified documents in boxes, stored alongside newspaper and magazine articles, books and gifts — looked to them like the idiosyncratic filing system Trump used in the White House. Senior aides said they tried for years to impose some order on the flow of classified information in the White House — with little success.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/10/04/trump-classified-documents-meadows/



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 11:48 AM

1. Not "idiosyncratic", criminal

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:07 PM

5. "idiosyncratic" meaning error-riddled.

"Filing system" meaning thrown in a drawer.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:23 PM

9. "filing system"

Circular file - waste basket

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 5, 2022, 11:45 AM

18. Well, they were on the right track with "idio"...

…they just forgot the “tic”…

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:03 PM

2. He wanted documents handy to show to visitors.

How many of those were top-secret documents he shared with foreign visitors, especially the Russian Ambassador?

Trump’s mismanagement of highly classified information shows the need for stricter protocols around such information. All other president have been respectful of the need to protect classified information. Trump was not.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:06 PM

3. It isn't just mismanagement,

it's espionage. Trump is a traitor who is owned by Putin.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:06 PM

4. Anyone shocked?

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Response to Golden Raisin (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:21 PM

8. Doesn't surprise me at all

n/t

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Response to Golden Raisin (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 01:45 PM

12. Not me

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:08 PM

6. In chaos there is profit, and he lives to create chaos.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 12:12 PM

7. Like a serial killer keeping trophies.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 01:06 PM

10. SO who had what documents in the briefcase that were handcuff locked to hand of said document to

then have opened said briefcase and hand this classified document to this traitor, and then did the said attaché, wait for him to hand it back or did he just walk out of the room, with out the document......there is a chain of command here, and someone is "suppose" to stay with that document until it goes back into that briefcase.....and that person walks out with that document......what exactly am I missing here...... 💩

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 07:07 PM

15. Just the name on the sign out sheet.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 5, 2022, 07:44 AM

17. Yeah, someone had to do it to be in control of the document...

I would like to know who.....and why.....they left it there......this is really BS ........

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 01:27 PM

11. Enablers

every last one of them. They knew what was going on and stayed silent.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 01:53 PM

13. In my opinion...Why did Trump do it?...Trump was sure he could ..."Get Away With It."

No Repercussions, No Penalties, No Problem

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 02:44 PM

14. "It's all MINE!"

He's been pretending it's all his for most of his life. Reality is, that Daddy, the banks, or the Russians hold most of the equity anyway - but they let little Donnie have his fun, as long as he annoyed their enemies.
The people who made him President counted on his delusions and bad wiring. Most of them did not understand the depth of his cruelty, they just wanted him to keep the rabble at bay while they stole the country.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2022, 08:42 PM

16. He took boxes of classified documents with him on overseas trips and stored them in hotel rooms,

even in countries that were considered adversaries to the US.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-may-given-away-top-secret-info-traveling-michael-cohen-2022-8

Just a reminder, since I saw no mention of this in the WaPo article.

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