Trump Admits He Didn’t Declassify Iran Attack Plan He Kept – Rolling Stone

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“These are the papers… this is secret information” Trump can be heard saying in a recording of a 2021 meeting held at his Bedminster, New Jersey resort. The audio of the meeting was obtained by CNN on Monday. 

Transcript of the conversation was a major piece of evidence featured in the Justice Department’s indictment against Trump on charges related to their investigation into his hoarding of classified documents post-presidency. The department alleges that the recording is proof Trump not only kept documents containing highly classified national security information, but showed them to individuals not authorized to view them. The full audio of the conversation had previously been unavailable to the public. 

In the recording, Trump can be heard shuffling papers about and discussing an “example” of documents provided to him by General Mark Milley to attack Iran.

“Let me see that, I’ll show you an example,” Trump can be heard saying, the sound of shuffling paper can be heard in the background. “They presented me this — this is off the record he adds.”

Trump also joked with others present in the room about Hillary Clinton printing out copies of classified materials. 

“Hillary would print that out all the time, you know. Her private emails,” one person can be heard saying.

“No, she’d send it to Anthony Weiner,” Trump responds. 

Last week, in an interview with Fox News, Trump insisted to host Bret Baier that such a document even existed. “Bret, there was no document,” Trump said “That was a massive amount of papers and everything else, talking about Iran and other things. And it may have been held up or may not. That was not a document. I didn’t have any document per se. There was nothing to declassify, these were newspaper stories, magazine stories, and articles.”


The former president’s on-air statements lend credence to investigators’ concerns about Trump publicly discussing evidence related to the case. Last week, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a motion seeking to restrict Trump’s access to evidence released to his attorneys during discovery. 

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