Donald Trump says there is no formal declassification process

Former President Donald Trump again insisted in an interview Wednesday night that he had declassified the records seized by the Fed in Mar-a-Lago – and said there was no definitive process for declassifying documents for US heads of state.

Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that aired shortly after an appeals court ruled that the Justice Department may have access to the documents released from the former president’s estate as part of its criminal investigation into the matter were confiscated in Florida.

The 45th President told Hannity the documents were declassified as he left the White House, but didn’t say how.

“There doesn’t have to be a process, there can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be,” Trump told the conservative news anchor. “You are the President, you make that decision.”

“If you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even if you think about it,” Trump told Sean Hannity.

According to Trump, every document seized by the FBI was declassified from him before he left office.
According to Trump, every document seized by the FBI was declassified from him before he left office.
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The ex-president was under investigation by the Justice Department for bringing classified White House records to Mar-a-Lago.

The trove of some 11,000 documents, dozens of which contained classified markings, were seized by the FBI in a raid on the Florida property on Aug. 8.

“I cleared everything,” Trump told Hannity on Wednesday night.

Trump’s attorneys at a hearing Tuesday in the DOJ’s case declined to confirm whether the records were actually released by the former president.

In a court filing ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Trump’s attorneys signaled they didn’t want to answer questions about declassification status — because it could be part of the former president’s defense if he is ever indicted.

While Trump said he released the documents, his legal team is silent.
While Trump said he released the documents, his legal team is keeping a low profile on the matter.
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The FBI also said Trump failed to mention that he allegedly declassified the files and treated the documents “as if they were still classified,” according to court filings revealed earlier this month.

Only after the raid did the former president say he released them.

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