In case you missed it in the comments, this is a great article (h/t MattF) in the NY Review of Books.
Secrets are a kind of currency. They can be hoarded, but if kept for too long they lose their value. Like all currencies, they must, sooner or later, be used in a transaction—sold to the highest bidder or bartered as a favor for which another favor will be returned. To see the full scale of Donald Trump’s betrayal of his country, it is necessary to start with this reality. He kept intelligence documents because, at some point, those secrets could be used in a transaction. What he was stockpiling were the materials of treason. He may not have known how and when he would cash in this currency, but there can be little doubt that he was determined to retain the ability to do just that.
Before the publication of the grand jury’s indictment, it was possible to believe that Trump’s retention of classified documents was reckless and stupid. The indictment reveals that recklessness and stupidity are the least of his sins. With Trump, it’s always a mistake to equate anarchy with purposelessness or to think that the farce is not deadly serious.
Trump’s hoarding of official secrets is both breathtakingly careless and utterly calculated. At the heart of that calculation is a cold resolve to not give up the power that access to highly restricted information had given him.
We still do have some real journalism happening in this country, but these days it seldom comes from the papers of record.
Oh, and he’s still at it. Brazen lies.
Captain Capslock wants an apology for getting caught.
Here it is.
Sorry, but you’re going to prison. pic.twitter.com/aoU7PkZvo4
— Jack E. Smith ⚖️ (@7Veritas4) June 15, 2023