Trump: I can declassify documents by “thinking”
HISTORY: The power to declassify documents at will, just by thinking about it. This is what former US President Donald Trump, speaking on Fox News, says all US Presidents can do. “If you’re the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, it’s declassified, even thinking about it. You send it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you send it. And it doesn’t It doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process, but it doesn’t have to be. You’re the chair, you make the decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified. We – I’ve declassified everything.” About 100 documents, bearing “classified” markings, were recovered from Trump’s Palm Beach home in August. The statements may backfire on him, as his attempt to halt a criminal investigation The former Justice Department counterintelligence chief found the Fox News interview highly incriminating to make evidence admissions, such as talking about sending documents marked classified to Mar-a-Lago because, according to his account, he thought of declassifying them. there is a quote “no way he can pre to be worth”. And, if he had that evidence, his lawyers would have presented it already. Trump suffered court setbacks this week, with appeals judges restoring investigators’ access to classified records seized on Wednesday and reversing a district judge’s decision to block those documents. He can appeal to the Supreme Court, but experts ruled a hearing was unlikely. appeals court, called Trump’s “declassification” argument a red herring. The FBI’s search warrant cited several laws, which make it a crime to mishandle government documents — not necessarily just classified documents. Even though Trump’s potential avenues to stave off the investigation of the documents appear to be narrowing, he has yet to be charged with any crimes, and the presence of an investigation does not mean he will be. Trump’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.