(AmericanProsperity.com) – Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed on July 1 that she saw former President Donald Trump showing classified material to other people. She said she witnessed this situation at the former commander-in-chief’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida.
During an interview on MSNBC, Grisham said she watched Trump showing the classified documents on the residence’s dining room patio. Grisham, who served from 2019 to 2010 as Trump’s chief spokesperson, also said that the former president never showed any “respect for classified information.”
On June 9, the Department of Justice indicted the former president with 37 criminal charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified material. Trump pleaded not guilty to all the charges and even claimed this was a political prosecution by the Biden administration against him.
The DOJ federal indictment against the Republican leader featured a partial transcript of a July 2021 recording of a meeting at Trump’s golf club in New Jersey. In that meeting, the former president appeared to show off some classified Pentagon documents that he took with him after leaving office.
The recording was obtained and aired by CNN on June 25, showing Trump discussing military material and even describing one document on potential US attacks against Iran. CNN revealed that the 2021 meeting at the golf club in Bedminster was with people working on the memoir of the Trump administration’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Since the recording was aired, Trump has claimed he wasn’t holding any of the classified documents referred to in the audio. The former president even suggested during an interview with ABC and Semafor this situation fully exonerates him. He explained that he was “holding up papers” and talking with the people working on Meadows’ memoirs, but said he had no documents with him.
However, Trump can be heard in the recordings acknowledging that he could declassify any documents during his presidency, but he could no longer do it. Experts believe this could undermine his arguments that he had declassified the material that was kept in his possession after leaving office.
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