Former President Donald Trump’s attorney certified in June there was ‘no classified material’ left at Mar-A-Lago, according to a Fox News report based on two undisclosed sources.
“Trump’s lawyers previously held a high-level meeting with people from the Justice Department and the FBI, which the former president briefly attended, but it’s unclear if the letter was signed during the meeting,” Fox News reported on Saturday.
“Lawyers for former President Trump could face serious legal consequences if they knowingly gave false information to law enforcement,” the report added.
On Monday, the FBI executed an overly broad search warrant to find both classified and unclassified information at Donald Trump’s estate at Mar-A-Lago. The Feds carried off 15 boxes of items, as listed in a manifest, allegedly including 11 sets of ‘classified’ materials.
Fox News’ seemingly explosive report may fuel the belief that Donald Trump may have concealed classified material from the Biden regime or otherwise committed a violation of the Espionage Act. But the fact is that Trump issued a ‘standing order’ that classified material that was brought back to Mar-A-Lago under his presidency was to be considered declassified. Therefore, the Trump attorney’s certification would have been factual.
“The very fact that these documents were present at Mar-a-Lago means they couldn’t have been classified,” the former president’s office stated. “As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents including classified documents from the Oval Office to the residence.”
“He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified,” the statement added. “The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of the United States. The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with classification authority delegated BY THE PRESIDENT, needs to approve of declassification is absurd.”
John Solomon, the CEO and Editor in Chief of Just the News, appeared on “Hannity” on Friday night and provided his insight on the “standing order.”