- Jan 13, 2021
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- Dripping Springs, Texas
- Political Leaning
Pretty much what I posted responding to WW is the same as I would say to you.No one has to believe anything uttered without evidence. Donnie is a private citizen, and his statements must be afforded the same benefit of the doubt as statements by any other person under investigation or at trial. No court is required to believe it, and no jury.
What the court, DoJ, a jury, and/or the public are at least in principle required to do is evaluate baseless, evidence free, after the fact, self serving statements based on all the evidence available to them/us. There is none for the proposition that Trump declassified any document in his mind, ever, nor can there be.
He was in possession of documents marked classified. That's prima facie evidence of their current classification. The USG, i.e. Biden, determines whether the content is still classified and at what level. If Donnie wants to rebut that evidence, the burden is his. It cannot possibly be the burden of the DoJ or the USG more broadly to prove a negative, that Donnie did NOT declassify it. It's an impossible burden and not needed.
When you have the presumption of innocence, without evidence that you are lying, that you are speaking truth is supposed to be the standard.
He doesn't need to do anything to prove what he claims under oath, just claim it under oath.
Now, if/when he does that, they can certainly attempt to prove that he is lying (and likely could)