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Trump says he’s allowed to do whatever he wants with classified info in rebuke of prosecutors

 September 8, 2023

Former President Donald Trump recently defended his actions related to his retention of classified documents, stating that he was allowed to do what he wished with them, a stance that has created waves in the political sphere.

On a recent episode of The Hugh Hewitt Show, Trump asserted his rights when questioned about classified documents he took from the White House. His bold declarations have raised eyebrows and garnered substantial media attention, as reported by Yahoo News.

Defending his actions on a conservative podcast

Hewitt, a prominent conservative podcast host, probed the former president about directing the removal of boxes containing over 300 classified documents.

These documents were later found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump responded to the inquiry by saying:

I don’t talk about anything. You know why? Because I’m allowed to do whatever I want. I come under the Presidential Records Act.

Questioning the Presidential Records Act's interpretation

Trump's interpretation of the Presidential Records Act is controversial.

This law essentially gives the archivist of the United States responsibility for the care and preservation of a president's records after their term in office concludes.

It contains a provision that allows presidents to retain records of "a purely private or nonpublic character."

However, some documents in Trump's possession were reportedly linked to governmental agencies such as the CIA and the Department of Defense.

It has been claimed that Trump told visitors to his home about plans related to a potential war with Iran.

Testifying in the upcoming trial

The classified documents trial, which is set for May 2024, promises to be a major event.

Hewitt, diving deeper into the issue, asked Trump if he would testify in his defense.

Trump didn't mince words in his reply. He said:

So, I look forward, I look forward to testifying. At trial, I’ll testify.

However, the actual likelihood of Trump testifying remains uncertain until next year.

Trump remains elusive on specific details

When pressed about whether he ordered the removal of the boxes, Trump was evasive.

He firmly stated that he's protected by the law but declined to give a straightforward answer to Hewitt’s direct question.

Trump was adamant in his response, saying:

I’m not answering that question for you, but I’m totally covered under the law.

Digressing to an unrelated topic

During the interview, the topic shifted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Trump revealed that he believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not favor him.

Trump didn't shy away from discussing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, giving a peek into his views about the royal couple.

Expressing his sentiment, he noted,

I know that they don’t like me. I said that I don’t think they are very appropriate what they’re saying, what they’re doing, and I didn’t like the way she dealt with the queen.

He even mentioned that he "would love to debate Markle."

Conclusion

  • Trump believes he's protected by the Presidential Records Act in relation to his federal classified documents case.
  • Hugh Hewitt's questsioning resulted in evasive answers from the former president.
  • The trial concerning the classified documents is set for May 2024, with Trump indicating his desire to take the stand.
  • Trump also shared his thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, hinting at a willingness to debate the latter.