Marc Short, former top aide to Mike Pence, calls Trump’s claim that presidents can declassify documents by thinking about them ‘absurd’

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Marc Short, top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, called former President Trump’s claim that presidents can declassify documents just by thinking about them “absurd.”

Short made the comments in an interview with ETN News senior research correspondent Catherine Herridge, after Trump told ETN News host Sean Hannity this week that presidents can declassify documents “even by thinking about it.” Herridge asked Short if he shared that understanding of how declassification works.

“That’s absurd, of course,” Short responded. “And I think it would be very difficult for the intelligence community to have a classification system if that were the case.”

When asked if he and Pence were working by that standard, Short replied, “Of course not.”

Federal investigators are looking at the dozens of classification-marked documents seized last month from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home.

“There doesn’t have to be a trial, as I understand it,” Trump told Hannity about declassification. “You know, there are different people saying different things, but as I understand it doesn’t have to be — if you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s been released — even by thinking about it.” to think – because you send it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you send it to And there doesn’t have to be a trial There may be a trial, but there doesn’t have to be You’re the president – you make that decision. “So when you send it, it’s released. I’ve released everything.”

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Presidents have far-reaching powers to release records, but there is a process that is normally followed. In general, a president instructions to release documents are first written down in a memo, usually prepared by White House attorneys, which the president would then sign. Relevant agencies are then usually consulted and when a final decision is made, the document is marked by the appropriate agency, with the old classification level crossed out and stamped with “Declassification on X-Date”.

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Short also addressed the possibility of a 2024 presidential bid from Pence. For now, he said the former vice president’s focus is crossing the country to ensure conservatives win House, Senate and gubernatorial races from coast to coast. Pence has a leadership PAC focused on electing conservative candidates and a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization focused on promoting conservative values. A decision on whether to run is likely to be one pence to make next year, Short said.

“The past six weeks seem to have been traveling across the country for the past 45 days, and I think he has been for the past few weeks,” said Short, adding that “he’s going to be doing a lot of House races, in governor races. And I think that’s where his focus will be.”

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“And I think again, at some point next year, he’ll figure out where he thinks he’ll be called to serve next,” Short said. “And if that’s the case that he feels he’s mentioned there, then I think he’ll make an announcement at that point. But right now, his focus is on the mid-term election cycle.”

When asked if this is an environment for Republicans to break through in November, Short replied, “Absolutely.” He praised House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans for announcing their agenda Friday. It tells voters, “If you elect us, we will do this to help change the situation at the border. This is what we will do to change the trajectory of our economy right now,” Short said.

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