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June 9, 2023 in News by RBN Staff



Source: ABC

Trump on audio talks about not declassifying information

Trump faces charges including conspiracy to obstruct justice, sources said.


Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on federal charges in an investigation into his handling of classified documents, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.Sources told ABC News that Trump faces at least seven charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice.The indictment of Trump, who has repeatedly denied any allegations of impropriety, is unprecedented for a former president.

The indictment comes after more than 100 documents with classified markings were found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in August 2022.

Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, initially assigned to oversee his case: Sources

The summons sent to former President Donald Trump his legal team late Thursday indicates that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will be assigned to oversee his case, at least initially, according to sources briefed on the matter.Cannon’s apparent assignment would add yet another unprecedented wrinkle to a case involving the first federal charges against a former president: Trump appointed Cannon to the federal bench in 2019, meaning that, if Trump is ultimately convicted, she would be responsible for determining the sentence — which may include prison time — for the man who elevated her to the role.Click here to read more.

Trump on audio talks about not declassifying

Former President Donald Trump said on an audio recording in 2021 that he had taken classified information with him to his Florida home after leaving the White House, ABC News has confirmed.Trump is heard on that audio recording described to ABC News as saying, “As president I could have declassified, but now I can’t.”

The recording, first reported Friday morning by CNN, was made as part of an interview Trump gave for a book and was obtained by the special counsel’s team.

According to a portion of the transcript of the call obtained by ABC News, Trump is heard acknowledging that the document he claims to have is “highly confidential” and “secret.”

“Except it is like, highly confidential. Secret. This is secret information. Look, look at this. This was done by the military and given to me,” according to a transcript of the audio obtained by ABC News.

The transcript appears to suggest that Trump is showing the document in question to those in the room.

“Well, with Milley — uh, let me see that, I’ll show you an example. He said that I wanted to attack Iran. Isn’t that amazing? I have a big pile of papers, this thing just came up. Look. This was him. They presented me this — this is off the record, but — they presented me this. This was him. This was the Defense Department and him,” the transcript said. “We looked at some. This was him. This wasn’t done by me, this was him. All sorts of stuff — pages long, look. Wait a minute, let’s see here. I just found, isn’t that amazing? This totally wins my case, you know. Except it is like, highly confidential. Secret. This is secret information. Look, look at this. This was done by the military and given to me.”

-ABC News’ John Santucci and Katherine Faulders