Under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, the National Archives are not allowed to give the public access to President’s documents for a period of 10 years 5 years. Ex-presidents have considerable leeway – too much, actually – to restrict access to certain types of records, including those relating to national security and medical issues. This means it may be a while before we figure out what sparked Trump’s unexplained Saturday afternoon visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November 2019. (The White House said this was part of its “routine annual physical exam” statement that the press immediately concluded was a lie.)
Another difficulty will be Trump’s habit of tearing up documents when he was in real estate. In theory at least, this is against the law. For a while, Politico reported Solomon Larty and Reginald Young Jr., two Career White House Records Management officials literally collected waste paper from the Oval Office and the President’s Residence and taped the torn documents back together. But in the spring of 2018, they were abruptly fired and marched from the White House grounds by secret service agents. We don’t know if scotch taping continued after that. […]
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“Time. Time. What is time? The Swiss make it, the French hoard it, Italians waste it, Americans say it’s money, Hindus say it doesn’t exist. Do you know what I’m saying? I say time is a crook.” . ” ~~ Truman Capote, Beat the Devil (1953)
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fun fact: innocent people don’t ask for preventive pardons
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At Daily Kos that day in 2009– The last person to open his mouth:
Regardless of the differences we Democrats have in President Obama’s policy decisions in Afghanistan, we can all agree that we are tired of hearing arsonists hanging on the fire telling us how we are can best delete it. However, certain mediums busily add kerosene to the flames by quoting them endlessly.
So today we have the torturer boss Richard Bruce Cheney, who lied to us in the war and enriched himself and his rich friends further.to explain To Politico, how Obama botched his decision because he actually spent time thinking about it. Hence the president projects “weakness”.
Weakness is added to weakness, Cheney says, by bringing some gitmo prisoners to trial in New York City in civil courts. Uh-huh. By bringing the self-described holy warriors to American criminal courts to be tried with thieves and murderers, the terrorists have already won.
It doesn’t take special effort or reading between the lines to understand the main theme behind Cheney’s remarks: Obama gives help and comfort to the enemy.