Trump says presidents can declassify docs ‘even by thinking about it’

Trump Says Presidents Can Declassify Docs ‘Even By Thinking About It’ - Qw2Qzirz5Ai63Ofpbicolxb5Wy

In his first TV appearance since a court-authorized search of his Florida home last month, Donald Trump reasserted Wednesday that any documents taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago were declassified while he was in office, adding that a president can carry that out “even by thinking about it.”

“There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. Prosecutors have said that about 100 of the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were marked classified, including some labeled top secret.

“If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified,” the former president added.

“You’re the president — you make that decision.”

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This article was written by Julian Mark and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com