Dear Editor (NYT),
You report the claim for Donald Trump that documents taken out of the Oval Office “were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.” This is the largest claim to a dispensing power made by a head of state since the Stuarts. You will recall that King James II asserted that his royal prerogative enabled him to dispense with statutes he did not like. That did not go down too well, and there was a revolution – and the Bill of Rights.
That law has never troubled the English, but your Supreme Court has applied it to give rights to carry weapons that horrify the rest of the West. It is just a matter of time until someone – possibly on the Supreme Court – alleges that the misgovernment alleged against the DOJ and FBI show why citizens should have the right to bear arms – against misgovernment.
The irony is that Merrick Garland should be on the Supreme Court – for its considerable betterment.
The person responsible for this stunt may not be aware of the shades of meaning of ‘deem’. But English was never good for Trump. Which is one reason he marries women whose English is worse than his.
Trump – dispensing with the Espionage Act – bullshit.