Tuesday afternoon, after President Donald Trump’s court hearing on federal charges related to his handling of secret data, he visited a well-known Cuban restaurant, CNN’s Jake Tapper had a major breakdown.
Trump arrived at the Miami restaurant Versailles, where he posed for pictures with supporters, gave them the thumbs up, and generally seemed upbeat.
On Tuesday, Trump entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court through his counsel. Trump was given a pretrial release by the federal judge, with the exception of no communication with witnesses. Trump has been accused on 37 counts by Special Counsel Jack Smith of handling sensitive documents improperly. Trump, who will challenge President Joe Biden in the 2016 presidential race, may spend years in prison if he is found guilty on all counts.
Tapper became agitated during CNN’s live coverage of Trump in the restaurant and requested that no more video of Trump be aired.
“I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that,” he whined.
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Jake Tapper asks the CNN control room to stop running footage of Trump visiting a Miami cafe right after his arraignment.
"I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We’ve seen it already." pic.twitter.com/ivjTf5m2JV
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 13, 2023
One of Trump’s lawyers had earlier attacked Biden’s Justice Department and claimed that her client had “100%” been authorized to retain the confidential data that he was charged with holding.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence, both of whom had classified materials in their possession but are not covered by the same act because they are vice presidents, were treated better by the DOJ and FBI, according to Christina Bobb, who told Newsmax that Trump’s authorization stems from the Presidential Records Act.
“The difference in how they handled the raid of Mar-a-Lago versus Joe Biden, it’s night and day difference,” she said.
She then brought up an event from August 2022, describing how she was had to wait outside Mar-a-Lago for several hours in the sweltering Florida sun as the FBI searched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion.
“I was forced to stand outside on the circle drive at Mar-a-Lago in August in Florida in 80, 90-something degree heat for about eight to 10 hours while the FBI went through all of the rooms,” she said.
“Donald Trump was 100% authorized to keep everything he kept. And it was actually the Department of Justice that actually had to return materials because they took things they were not allowed to possess and had to return them,” Bobb noted further.
“President Trump had every right to have possession of those documents. And the only statute that applies to Donald Trump on this is the Presidential Records Act 44 U.S.C. Section 2203 Alpha, which specifically says the president and only the president is the one who has authority to make this call,” she told Newsmax.
“I think their case is dead on arrival,” she predicted.
The Presidential Records Act (PRA), which is codified in 44 U.S.C. Section 2203, is important law that regulates the handling of official records belonged to presidents and vice presidents, particularly those created or received after January 20, 1981.
The act was essential in converting presidential records from private property to public property and creating a thorough structure for their maintenance.
The act’s essential tenet is that presidents have control over their records. A president has full control over their records once they take office and can choose which ones are no longer useful for administrative, historical, informative, or evidentiary purposes.
However, the president must first speak with the US Archivist about the intended disposal before discarding any records.