Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his business ties with George Soros, Peter Thiel, and Goldman Sachs or that he owes $1 billion in loans

I will say that the first document establishes the President as ONE original classification authority, not THE original classification authority.

This shows that you clearly have misunderstood the order, and makes me doubt your claim of having actually reviewed the source.

Sec. 1.3 (a) [Classification Authority.]

The authority to classify information originally may be exercised only by:
(1) the President and the Vice President;
(2) agency heads and officials designated by the President; and
(3) United States Government officials delegated this authority pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.

This is the president granting original classification authority to himself and others. By fiat. If he instead wrote an order granting original classification only to himself, he would be the only one to have it.

Every single individual that has original classification authority was given it by a presidential order. (Information classified via the Atomic Energy Act is born classified, so is discounted in this discussion.)

Your claim that I said something fallacious based on an appeal to authority is pure bullshit.

You've yet to cite a single source to support your argument. Or do anything, really, other than rail against mine using fallacious arguments. Moreover, I have no way of confirming your status as an expert on this topic; the only way for your argument to be taken seriously is to use of citations.

The difference is that I will definitely go to jail for it. The President would need to be impeached[...]

If the president's disclosure(s) represented a dereliction of duty (and congress felt so inclined), sure.

If the President wants to disseminate classified material to someone without a security clearance but he thinks they have a need to know then there is procedure to follow in order to do so.

A procedure established by executive orders-- which can be amended, at will, by the executive. Further, the declassification procedure is also established by an executive order; the president could theoretically declassify any information he wanted to.

You asked what stops a president from disseminating classified information to whomever he pleases.

Nothing is legally preventing him from doing so. Will there be possible political repercussions (e.g., impeachment)? Sure-- but that is not equivalent to the president not having the authority to act.

We have a president, not a monarch.


If I'm wrong, I'll accept that-- but you have yet to show a shred of evidence or even present a single actual argument refuting my interpretation of the facts. Read back through your comments and realize that you've said nothing.

I have to ask: Did you actually read the orders I linked? It really does not seem so.

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