During an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, former President Donald Trump denied allegations that the supposedly classified documents he was keeping at his Mar-a-Lago home included sensitive national security information, including a supposed “Iran Attack Plan.”
BREAKING: Trump tells Bret Baier that the documents he was waving around on the tape at Bedminster were newspaper and magazine clippings
Jack Smith did not produce any ‘Iran Attack Plan’ in his investigation
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 19, 2023
While other elected officials like President Joe Biden were found to be in possession of classified documents that they had no authority to have, Trump is the only person being charged with a crime related to possession of classified documents — despite the fact that he, as president, had the authority to have them and declassify them.
Hillary Clinton mishandled classified documents.
Joe Biden mishandled classified documents.
But the only one who gets his home raided is President Trump — and he didn’t even do anything wrong!
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 13, 2023
When Trump was asked by Baier about a claim from the federal indictment against him alleging that he was recorded saying he had the “Iran Attack Plan” at his home, the former president vehemently denied the claim.
“There wasn’t a document,” Trump said. “I had lots of paper. I had copies of newspaper articles. I had copies of magazines. I had copies of everything.”
Baier then interrupted him, reiterating that the indictment asserts that Trump was recorded admitting that the documents were “highly confidential” and that he was aware he could not “declassify them” — which is entirely untrue, as the president has the ultimate authority to declassify documents and there is no one “above him” in the government that he would be required to obtain permission from.
They're saying they raided Trump's home because he had classified documents. This already makes little sense because Trump, as president, had the power to declassify literally anything he wanted, whenever he wanted.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 9, 2022
“And, the indictment cites the recording and the testimony from people in the room saying you showed it to people there that day. So, you say on this tape that you can’t declassify it, so why have it?” the Fox News anchor asked.
Trump went on to emphasize that he did not have the supposed “Iran Attack Plan” in his possession at his Palm Beach, Florida home.
“Bret, there was no document,” he explained. “That was a massive amount of papers and everything else talking about Iran and other things, and it may have been held up or may not. But that was not a document. I didn’t have a document per se. There was nothing to declassify. These were newspaper stories, magazine stories, and articles.”
Trump went on to attack the credibility of the people cited in the indictment who testified against him, calling them “very dishonest people” and “thugs.”
He also denied ever seeing the documents from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a document from Milley,” Trump said.” Milley, frankly, was incompetent. The last one I’d want to attack with as my leader would be Milley.”
There’s a lot going on here and this is going to reviewed: Trump on the recording of him pic.twitter.com/JpohMqb2Li
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 19, 2023