Trump 'Declassify' Tweet Not An Order To Declassify, Feds Say

By Dave Simpson (October 20, 2020, 10:40 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump's tweet saying he has "fully authorized the total declassification" of all Russia probe documents was not a "self-executing" declassification order, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday.

Meadows said the president told him that his series of tweets earlier this month were not direct orders to declassify any specific information at issue in a lawsuit brought by nonprofit civil liberties group Electronic Privacy Information Center, CNN, BuzzFeed News and investigative reporter Jason Leopold seeking the public release of a broad range of materials tied to the probe conducted by former special counsel...

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