Republican senators kick Trump on the sidewalk over confidential documents

Several Republican senators broke with Trump and rejected his claims about the declassification of the documents.

Via CNN:

Asked about Trump’s claim on Fox News that he could simply declassify the documents by thinking about it and there is no process to follow to do so, John Thune, Senate GOP Whip, told CNN that there is a process to declassify the documents. .

“And I think it should be respected and followed. And I think it should apply to anyone who has access to or deals with confidential information, ”Thune said.

Senator Thom Tillis, a two-term Republican from North Carolina who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN he believes there is a process that must be followed by a president to declassify the documents.

“I believe there is a formal process that needs to be completed, that needs to be addressed and documented,” said Tillis.

Senate Republicans reject telepathy for Trump’s declassification

From a certain point of view, Trump has finally crossed a line that some Senate Republicans will not follow him. Handling US secrets is a matter of national security, and some key Senate Republicans still take national security seriously.

From a political point of view, these Republicans seem to see how dangerous Trump’s behavior can be for their party.

The most significant point that could motivate them is the traditional push-pull between executive and legislative power. Senators don’t want a president to have unilateral declassification authority because it weakens control of the executive branch.

Trump’s argument is nothing more than an unconstitutional claim of unlimited executive power.

If the failed former president thought that Republicans in the Senate would rush to his defense or take steps to keep him out of jail, he was grossly wrong, as some of the best Republicans in the Senate are proving they have no problem throwing Trump on. sidewalk.