Mark Meadows thwarts Trump’s narrative of ‘declassifying’ documents

In direct contradiction to Donald Trump’s main tale in the Mar-a-Lago case – in which he claims to have lawfully been in possession of sensitive government materials because he himself declassified them – former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told the Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigators believe he can’t recall a case where this ever happened.

Accordingly abc newswhich received information from sources close to the matter, “[Meadows] He had no recollection of Trump ever ordering or even discussing the release of extensive confidential materials prior to leaving the White House, nor was he aware that there was any “standing order” from Trump requiring automatic release of materials taken from the Oval Office.

In the media’s coverage of Trump’s main defense being shot down in this case, they also mention a first look at an early draft of the prologue to Meadows’ book The Chief’s Chief, which mentions that Trump was only casually flaunted a secret war plan in his bedminster, New Jersey, during a meeting attended by Meadows’ ghostwriter and publicist. The reference to this document was later removed.

Tom Vazquez

Tom Vazquez is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Tom Vazquez joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Tom Vazquez by emailing

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