Tape recordings prove that Donald Trump bragged about the possession of secret documents. Now the ex-president is taking a stand. His lawyers don't want to know about anything.
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Update from June 2, 21:10 p.m.: On leaked tape recordings, Donald Trump has spoken about having retained secret documents. His lawyers, however, do not want to know anything about it. According to the recording, Trump is referring to an alleged Pentagon document that addressed an attack on Iran. As CNN reports, however, his lawyers could not find the said dossier after a subpoena – and apparently do not know anything about its existence.
Donald Trump, former President of the United States, plays golf at the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel during his visit to Ireland. (Archive photo) © dpa/Brian Lawless
Update from June 2, 13:08 p.m.: He didn't do anything wrong. That's what Donald Trump said to his close ally Sean Hannity, anchor at Fox News, during an event in the US state of Iowa. "Everything I did was right," Trump said of reports of leaked tape recordings in which he allegedly admitted to keeping secret documents. At the same event, Trump also spoke about Joe Biden's fall in Colorado, but was surprisingly empathetic towards his rival.
Update from June 1, 2023, 16:20 p.m.: Donald Trump's lawyers remain with the ex-president's line of defense despite the new revelations. According to Jim Trusty, Trump's lawyer, on January 21, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration, he was still acting president for at least an hour after arriving at Mar-a-Lago. So he had enough time to release the secret documents he had taken with him for himself.
Donald Trump comments on tape recordings
Update from June 1, 2023, 14:30 p.m.: Now Donald Trump has also commented on the new revelations about his person. The former president did not deny their content. Trump also showed no remorse. On the other hand, in a message on his own social media platform Truth Social, he attacked the Department of Justice, which, in Trump's opinion, was responsible for the publication of the tape recordings. "Are they going to resign and is there going to be an investigation?" asked Trump.
So far, it is not known who is responsible for the publication of the tape recordings of Trump's statements. The recordings were probably made by authors who were tasked with helping Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows write his autobiography. They met Trump in 2021 at his golf club "Bedminster" in New Jersey.
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Expert calls Trump's tape recordings an espionage affair
Update from June 1, 2023, 11:40 a.m.: Donald Trump's tape recordings are making waves in the United States. Ryan Goodman, former special adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, sees the case as an espionage affair. "War plans are among the most top-secret documents. This puts pressure on the Justice Department to bring charges and convict the jury," the New York University law professor said in a tweet. The matter would go far beyond the accusation of obstruction of the authorities.
Tape recordings of Donald Trump occupy the USA
First reported on June 1, 2023: New Jersey - In the orbit of Donald Trump, it seems to be customary to eavesdrop on his interlocutors. Now new tape recordings have surfaced in which the US president openly admits to being in possession of documents that the US Department of Defense has classified as secret. This was reported exclusively by the news channel CNN in the USA. Other U.S. media confirmed the existence and content of the tape recordings from their own sources.
But the recordings prove even more: Donald Trump knew that he should not have possessed the documents classified by the Pentagon as classified in the first place. Rather, he was aware that he would have had to hand over the documents after leaving the White House. This, in turn, could undermine Trump's argument that he had previously declassified any material found with him after leaving office – in other words, the secrecy of the documents had been lifted.
Details of Donald Trump's tape recordings
According to CNN, Trump's footage is from the summer of 2021, i.e. after Trump's time in the White House and after Joe Biden took office. Both the news channel and the New York Times newspaper report that the footage was taken at a meeting between Trump and several people. The meeting is said to have taken place at Trump's Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. They came together to help Trump's former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, write his memoirs.
Trump is said to be heard on the recordings, saying he would like to pass on a document, but he knows that he can't do that as a former president. The document is said to be a letter outlining a possible U.S. attack on Iran. Trump is said to have spoken about Iran with those present for about two minutes.
Tape recordings influence Trump's election campaign
In August 2022, the FBI had searched Donald Trump's residence, the Mar-a-Lago golf club in the US state of Florida. The investigators had seized numerous classified documents, some with the highest level of secrecy. Trump, who is currently running for the Republican nomination for the 2024 US election, could have made himself liable to prosecution. A special investigator from the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the allegations. Trump himself describes it as a politically motivated witch hunt. (with dpa)