(RightIsRight.co) – With famed attorney Jonathan Turley providing support, former President Donald Trump took to his Truth Social media platform to respond to the United States Department of Justice’s decision to publicly release what appears to be a staged photo of classified documents FBI agents seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Here is Trump’s post to Truth Social commenting on the government’s photo (top of this post) of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago:
Jonathan Turley wrote the following about the photo:
“Notably, this filing includes the picture which is being widely distributed. It can, however, leave an obviously misleading impression…
“It is curious that the DOJ would release this particular picture which suggests classified material laying around on the floor. The point is to state a fact that hardly needs an optical confirmation: the possession of documents with classified cover sheets. Indeed, the top of roughly half of the documents are redacted in photo. The government could simply affirmatively state the fact of the covered pages and would not likely be challenged on that point without the inclusion of this one photo.
“For critics, the photo may appear another effort (with prior leaks) to help frame the public optics and discussion. Clearly the court did not need the visual aid of a picture of documents with covers. It seems clearly intended for public consumption.”
In short, Turley accuses the Department of Justice of releasing the photo to enflame the public against Trump, as the picture has no legal bearing on what the court is currently deciding.