“That’s it,” Trump said. “And not only that, I think there were other people as well. But I have the absolute right to declassify, absolute; a president has that absolute right, and many people don’t question that.”
Trump later added in the interview that “everything was declassified.”
In a court filing earlier this week, the Justice Department discussed the lack of confirmation from Trump’s legal team in court, and argued to the judge that even if the materials were declassified, they would be irrelevant. the legal issue surrounding the search.
Trump’s lawyers have sought to challenge whether more than 100 documents with classification marks seized by the FBI last month are classified. But his lawyers have not publicly said Trump declassified the materials.
None of the criminal statutes cited by the Justice Department in seeking the warrant it used to search Trump’s home were included in the classified documents.
In a radio interview Thursday, Trump said he did not believe he would be indicted. Asked if he had received a target letter regarding the DOJ’s investigation into voter fraud, Trump said he had not, nor had he been asked to appear before a grand jury.