Trump: I can declassify docs by 'thinking'

STORY: The ability to share documents however you want, just by thinking about it.
This is what former US President Donald Trump asserted in a speech on Fox News that all Presidents of the United States can do.
"If you're the President of the United States, you can declassify the classification just by saying it's declassified, even if you think about it."
Trump also apparently indicated that he had sent those documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate on purpose, an argument his lawyers have so far avoided in court.
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“Because you send it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you send it. And it doesn't have to be a process. Processes can take place, but do not have to. You are the President, you make the decision.
So if you send it, it will be released. We – I cleared everything.”
Around 100 documents with "classified" markings were seized from Trump's Palm Beach home in August.
Investigators are looking into whether he mishandled government documents after a total of 11,000 were found.
Legal experts polled by Reuters said Trump's statements could backfire as his attempt to drop a criminal investigation unravels.
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The former Justice Department counterintelligence chief found the Fox News interview highly distressing.
David Laufman said: "Prosecutors have to lick their tongues every time Trump makes a public statement that amounts to an admission in evidence, like when he talks about sending classified documents to Mar-a-Lago because he loudly She has considered releasing his performance."
A George Mason University law professor said that if Trump could not provide evidence to support the declassification, there was a quote "there is no way he can prevail".
And if he had that evidence, his attorneys would already have produced it.
Trump suffered setbacks in the courtroom this week when appellate judges on Wednesday restored investigators' access to confiscated classified documents and overturned a district judge's decision to shield those documents.
He can appeal to the Supreme Court, but experts said a hearing was unlikely.
The federal appeals court called Trump's "declassification" argument a red herring.
The FBI search warrant cited several laws that make it criminal to tamper with government documents — not necessarily just classified ones.
While Trump's potential avenues to thwart the document investigation appear to be narrowing, he has not yet been charged with any crimes, and the existence of an investigation doesn't mean that will be the case.
Trump's attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

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