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Trump is even ‘more dangerous’ than we thought, warns Rep. Adam Schiff

Former President Donald Trump was more of a threat than anyone could have imagined because he was clueless enough to believe he could declassify sensitive top secret documents with his mind – and put the nation’s security at risk, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday.

CNN’s Jake Tapper played a “State of the Union” clip of Trump earlier this week insisting to Sean Hannity that he could declassify anything just by saying it — even just by ” thinking about it”.

” This is how it works ? Tapper asked Schiff.

“This is not how does it work,” Schiff replied. “These comments don’t show much intelligence of any kind. If you could just downgrade thinking about it, then frankly, if that’s his view, he’s even more dangerous than we thought,” he told Tapper.

Distributing or leaking information about the identities of spies or the location and details of weapon systems could cost countless lives, experts have warned. Yet Trump’s former White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Washington Post that the former president despises the shield of secrets and has no understanding of its importance.

“His feeling was that people who work in intelligence are incompetent, and he knew better,” Kelly told the Post. “He didn’t believe in the classification system.”

People are “working hard” to get important information, said Schiff, who is on the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 uprising last year.

“People are putting their lives at risk to get this information. This information protects American lives. And the fact that he treats him so cavalierly shows both how much of a permanent danger this man is, but also how little he cares about anything other than himself,” the lawmaker added.

In Trump’s view, he could “just spout whatever he read in a presidential daily briefing or whatever he was briefed on by the CIA director to a visiting Russian delegation…and just say “Well, I thought about it and therefore when the words came out of my mouth, they were declassified,” Schiff scoffed.

A process is needed to declassify documents. This cannot be done in secret because several federal departments and officials would need to be informed to treat the material differently. For one thing, the records would then be accessible to Freedom of Information Act and other requests for records by the press and the public, the former Trump administration national security adviser pointed out, John Bolton.

So far, only QAnon follower and former Trump administration Defense Department aide Kash Patel has backed Trump’s claim that he has a “standing order” to declassify anything that has been taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.

Court-appointed special master Raymond Dearie, who is reviewing records seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, challenged Trump’s lawyers to prove that one of the documents marked “classified” had in fact been declassified by Trump.

Schiff also complained to Tapper on Sunday that the Justice Department was too slow to investigate the Jan. 6 uprising.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.



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