President Joe Biden issued a reply to assertions created by former President Donald Trump and his team he declassified materials which were taken up to Mar-a-Lago, that have been the apparent subject of an FBI raid earlier this month.
Trumps team and former aide Kash Patel have said that while president, Trump had a standing order to declassify material that has been extracted from the Oval Office to Mar-a-Lago.
He previously a standing order that documents taken off the Oval Office and taken in to the residence were deemed to be declassified, Trumps office told news outlets in a statement issued in mid-August. The energy to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of america. The theory that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with classification authority delegated BY THE PRESIDENT, must approve of declassification is absurd.
On his final day in office on Jan. 19, 2021, Trump issued an order declassifying some material associated with the FBIs Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Neither the Department of Justice nor the FBI has said what the Aug. 8 raid was targeting or whether it had been linked to those documents.
A reporter asked Bidenon Aug. 26 whether Trump could issue this order because the president was departing for another a vacation to his home in Delaware.
Could he have just declassified all of them? the reporter asked Biden, who declined to touch upon the case but seemed to mock Trumps statements about declassifying materials.
Ive declassified everything on the planet. Im president. I could take action all. Seriously! Declassified everything, Biden said sarcastically in response, adding, Im not gonna comment because I dont know the facts. I dont even need to know. Allow Justice Department look after it.
Both Biden and White House staff have said the administration had no understanding of the FBI raid beforehand. Republicans say, however, that its unlikely they didn’t.
It came as theJustice Department on Fridayreleaseda heavily redacted version of the affidavit that has been submitted to get the FBI raid warrant. Around 20 of the 32 pages of the legal document are partially or fully redacted, which drew criticism from Trump and Republicans for revealing few new information regarding what the FBI was investigating, what the agents took, and the justification useful for the raid.
In the affidavit, prosecutors alleged there is probable cause to find Trumps property due to classified ND and presidential records that stick to the premises. Accordingly, this affidavit seeks authorization to find the 45 Office and all storage rooms and any rooms or locations where boxes or records could be stored within the PREMISES, the legal document said.