Trump’s Explanation Of New DOJ Audio Recordings

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On Thursday (June 1), former President Donald Trump denied reports that the Department of Justice has an audio recording of him talking about keeping a classified document after he left the White House.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Trump stated, adding, “All I know is this: Everything I did was right.”

Trump made his remarks during a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity in Iowa.

Trump added that he was “100 percent” compliant with the Presidential Records Act.

The act states that presidents and vice presidents must keep official records and turn them over to the National Archives.

On Wednesday (May 31), CNN first reported that federal prosecutors had an audio recording of Trump talking about a classified Pentagon document he had in the summer of 2021, months after he left the White House.

The document in question is said to refer to a possible attack on Iran.

The report could prove crucial as Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith investigates whether Trump was mishandling classified material when he left the White House in early 2021.

Last August, federal agents executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence following the former President refusing to turn over classified material in his possession under the Presidential Records Act.

Trump complained Thursday that the investigation was designed to hurt his chances of winning re-election in 2024.

Trump repeated claims that the investigations were a “witch hunt” and “hoax” and had more to do with “trying to interfere with the election,” pointing to President Joe Biden’s own retention of classified documents.