Trump Potentially Blocked From Receiving Classified Info

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( – New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D) has brought forward a bill that would block federal officeholders as well as candidates, from being given access to classified information if they are facing certain criminal offenses. 

The three-page bill, called the Guarding United States Against Reckless Disclosures (GUARD) Act, is specifically aimed at Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) as well as former President Donald Trump. Specifically, it would block anyone who has held federal office or is a candidate from getting access to classified documents in the cases where they are being charged with obstructing official proceedings, acting as foreign against, retaining classified documents unlawfully, and a series of other charges. 

While there is no specific mention within the legislation to either Trump or Menendez the language being used makes it clear that the legislation applies to both men. Between them, Menendez and Trump are facing a total of 109 criminal charges, with both having pleaded not guilty. 

On Thursday when talking about drafting the bill Sherill claimed that while she had been thinking about Trump she had not been thinking about Menendez. 

She argued that as a former prosecutor and Navy veteran, she does not have any tolerance for anyone who would betray public trust. She added that this is specifically the case when the issues relate to the country’s national security or classified information. She argued that this was why she was concerned about the recent charges that have been brought forward against Trump and the fact that Trump continues to want to gain access to classified information. 

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