Trump had access to national security information not seen by most American citizens. Here are the different levels of security clearances and who is allowed to have them.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally on August 05, 2022 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
During Monday’s search of Donald Trump’s office, officials found Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret documents.
Not everyone can access classified documents, but the President can grant access through executive order. 
Trump could theoretically give Russian President Vladimir Putin a security clearance, a lawyer speculated in 2019.

FBI officials found that Donald Trump had classified documents not meant to be seen by most Americans during a search of the former president’s home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Monday,

According to the search warrant, unsealed by the Department of Justice and obtained by multiple news outlets on Friday, officials seized 11 sets of documents labeled Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret—the three levels of security for US documents in ascending order of importance and secrecy. 

Trump defended himself and said that he declassified the…

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