Bill Clinton’s Sock Drawer Could Let Trump Off the Hook
The unusual search of Trump’s house by the FBI, which has since become notorious, has received support from the media. It is being asserted by those on the political left that Donald Trump “broke the law” by allegedly storing private information at his residence. But the entirety of this assertion, which may have some political motivation behind it, could spark controversy. Everything was made possible because of Bill Clinton’s sock drawer.
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A conservative watchdog group made an attempt in 2012 to acquire access to audiotapes that Bill Clinton had secreted away in a sock drawer somewhere in his home. These recordings covered a wide variety of topics, including his job as president, among other things. A judge, however, ruled that the request could not be granted because President Clinton had exercised the authority afforded to him by the Presidential Records Act to include the recordings in his personal records.
The fact that President Trump breached the law by taking secret documents to Mar-a-Lago serves as the central argument for his opponents on the left. On the other hand, we have witnessed time and time again how former presidents, such as Obama and Clinton, were able to dodge any consequences for the records they were in possession of.
The thirty million records that Obama removed from the White House and took with him are still missing from the National Archives. As a result of the Presidential Records Act, it would appear that Clinton was exempt from the need that hand up the cassette recordings. It was previously disclosed that President Trump issued a “standing order” requiring the declassification of any documents he brought with him to Mar-a-Lago.
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Because of that particular statute, he possessed that authority. The precedence that was established in the case in 2012 could be very important in this one. If Trump did in fact declassify all of the records he took with him to Mar-a-Largo (which he referred to as the Second White House), then the Department of Justice does not have a case.