IOW: evidence is evidence, and non-evidence is…nothing. And as Lear said: “Out of nothing nothing comes.”
Special Master to Trump lawyers: “If the government gives me prima facia evidence that they are classified documents, and you don’t advance any claim of declassification, I’m left with a prima facia case of classified documents, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it,”— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) September 20, 2022
But Trump's entire case is built on eating his cake and having it, too. His argument now is that, by putting his pen to paper, Trump renders all documents his personal property. Isn't that enough?
NEW: Special master in Trump Mar-a-Lago docs case chides Trump lawyers for declining to produce evidence of declassification. Judge Dearie: 'You can't have your cake and eat it, too.' More from Brooklyn. w/@kyledcheneyhttps://t.co/urQaYOP1F7— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) September 20, 2022
Which is why Trump declassified them, but he can't present evidence of that because it might harm his criminal defense later, so you just have to believe him that the documents are his and he should get 'em back!
If you write notes on a top secret classified document (which really makes me shudder) or take notes on one, those notes stay in the SCIF you're using. You don't get to take them with you, because....they're classified.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 20, 2022
Ken Paxton isn't ashamed because you can't shame a whore.
We’ve reached the stage where performative litigation includes filing pro-se-style rants in strangers’ cases. https://t.co/9xhZzciNk2— ResponsibleDispatchHat (@Popehat) September 20, 2022
And why, Mr. Turley, wouldn’t they present that evidence? No, don't tell him! Let him figure it out. Let's go away quietly so he can.....
He’s so close to getting it… https://t.co/XFVqTeHGOv— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) September 20, 2022