UPDATED 10:30 AM PT –Thursday, September 22, 2022
Former President Trump appeared to suggest that the documents seized by the FBI during the Mar-a-Lago raid were declassified.
In an interview with FOX News on Wednesday, Trump said that there does not need to be a process for declassification. He added that a president can declassify documents by simply saying so. Trump asserted he had nothing to hide when taking the documents from the White House. The 45th President also noted that he was cooperating with the National Archives until the FBI searched his home.
Trump proceeded to refer to the Archives as a radical group.
“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,” Trump said. “So, when you send it, it’s declassified. I declassified everything. Now I declassified things, and we were having a lot of problems with NARA (National Archives and Records Administration). You know, NARA is a group of radical left people running that thing and when you send documents over there, I would say that there’s a very good chance that a lot of those documents will never be seen again.”
During the interview, Trump also announced that the General Services Administration (GSA), along with some staffers, were involved with the packing of the boxes that were taken from the White House.