A former attorney for the Trump administration said that the National Archives’ plans to send records to special counsel Jack Smith showing former President Donald Trump and his advisors were aware of the proper declassification procedure when he took classified information to his Florida resort will likely result in him going to jail, Insider reported.
Ty Cobb, who was a White House attorney from 2017 to 2018, cited a May 16 letter from acting archivist Debra Steidel Wall to Trump, which read: “The 16 records in question all reflect communications involving close presidential advisers, some of them directed to you personally, concerning whether, why, and how you should declassify certain classified records.”
Cobb told CNN on Thursday said he “would not necessarily expand the case to try to prove the Espionage Act piece of it because there’s so much evidence of guilty knowledge.”
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In order for prosecutors to prove their case, they have to “show that Trump moved these documents at various times when DOJ was either demanding them or actually present” and that he “filed falsely with the Justice Department, had his lawyers file falsely with the Justice Department, an affidavit to the effect that none existed,” Cobb said.
This was subsequently “shattered by the documents that they then discovered after the search and the many other misrepresentations that he and others have made on his behalf with regard to his possession of classified documents,” he said.
“Yes, I do think he will go to jail on it,” Cobb added.
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