Former President Trump asserted in a new interview that presidents don’t need to go through a formal process to declassify sensitive documents and can “just think about it.”
The former president’s comments came as he repeatedly argued that he disclosed classified and top-secret documents he took with him to his Florida home after leaving the White House in 2021 and the Justice Department investigation. had handled their confidential material during
“There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can just classify it by saying, ‘This is unannounced.’ Even thinking about it.”
“There can be a process but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president, you make that decision. So when you send it, it’s unannounced,” Trump added. “I revealed everything.”
Although presidents have broad authority to declassify records, doing so sets off a chain of events, as intelligence agencies that manage such records must take additional steps.
Trump and some of his allies have insisted that the former president did not reveal all the documents he took with him when he left the White House. The FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago estate last month after a search in January turned up dozens of secret, classified and top secret documents.
In a filing last week, Trump’s lawyers repeatedly noted that Trump had the authority to release the records but stopped short of saying he actually did so despite the former president’s month-long apology.
Department of Justice Answered Stating that Trump’s legal team was insisting, but not fully asserting, that Trump had declassified the documents.
Trump told Hannity that the General Services Administration and other White House staff were involved in packing the box with photos, newspaper articles and other materials at the end of his term.
However, GSA says its role in the transition phase for the outgoing president and vice president includes IT support, financial management, parking, furniture, vehicles, office supplies and administrative support.
“GSA also works with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as needed, to assist former presidents in establishing and maintaining their libraries,” the organization said. website. “These services are only provided in the event of a change of management.”
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