Trump Says There’s No Formal Process to Declassify Docs

Trump says a president can declassify documents “even by thinking about it.”

  • As questions about documents at his residence swirl, former President Donald Trump clarified his understanding of the declassification process during an interview on Fox News.
  • Trump sat down with Fox’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday, when he said there is no formal process to declassify documents.
  • According to the former president, documents can be declassified by a president “even just by thinking about it.”
  • “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Hannity, pushing back against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on his Florida home.
  • “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it,” Trump said. “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 declassified,” he asserted. “I declassified everything.”
  • During the same interview with Hannity, Trump threatened to release the security camera footage of agents reportedly ransacking his home, adding that he would obscure faces to protect identities.
  • The former president said that the FBI had asked him not to release the footage, asserting the need to protect the agents involved.
  • Trump says the agents “shopped” through his possessions and took personal items, such as his will, which has not yet been returned to him: “They took a lot,” Trump said. “I think they took my will – I found out yesterday. I said, where is it?”
  • Trump’s interview came just hours after a federal appeals court ruled the Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys could continue looking at documents marked classified taken from Mar-a-Lago.
  • The emergency ruling overturned a trial judge’s order which blocked the investigator’s work temporarily, until a third party could discern whether attorney-client privilege would be broken.