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Trump Insists President Can Declassify ‘Even By Thinking About It’, Raises Hillary Clinton Theory

Former President Donald Trump said that the fact that he sent documents to Mar-a-Lago as he left the White House automatically meant they were declassified.

In an interview that aired Wednesday night, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity asked Trump to describe the declassification process he went through for the disputed documents, dismissing the premise.

“There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand it,” Trump said.

“If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify, just by saying ‘it’s declassified,’ even thinking about it,” the former president said.

He explained that sending documents from the White House is declassifying them.

“You’re sending it to Mar-A-Lago or wherever you’re sending it. There doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president, you make that decision, when you send it, it’s declassified. I declassified everything,” he said, emphasizing the last word for emphasis.

In a later part of the interview, Trump claimed that his power discussed a dispute his lawyers are having with the special master over seeing which seized documents can be classified.

“I declassified the documents when they left the White House,” he repeated.

In a wide-ranging interview that aired as an episode of Fox’s “Hannity,” Trump speculated widely about last month’s FBI raid on his Florida home.

For example, he suggested that agents might have planted or tampered with the files to frame him.

“Did they leave anything in those files? Or did they do it later? There is no chain of custody with them here,” he said, prompting Hannity to ask if that would show up on the surveillance video.

Trump said he wouldn’t because it all happened in a safe room.

He also said that the National Archives and Records Administration was “a radical left-wing group of people” involved in a cover-up.

“When you send documents over there, I would say there is a very good chance that a lot of those documents will never be seen again,” Trump said.

He also speculated that the raid could have been an effort to cover up previous scandals or even a search for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s missing email.

“There’s also a lot of speculation about what they did, the severity of the FBI’s arrival and the Mar-A-Lago raid: were they looking for Hillary Clinton’s emails that were deleted but are out there?” he said.

A surprised Hannity asked why Trump would have them.

“They may have thought it was there,” Trump responded, then freely wondered aloud about the true cause of the unprecedented act of raiding a former president’s home.

“A lot of people said that the only thing that would give the kind of severity that they showed is…Hillary Clinton’s deal, Russia, Russia, Russia, or Trump campaign spying,” he said.


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