Trump: Presidents can declassify documents "even by thinking about it"
Why it matters: The issue of classified documents is central to the Department of Justice's investigation into Trump and the former president's legal battle with the DOJ after the FBI last month seized a raft of government papers at his property in Palm Beach, Florida, some of which were labeled "top secret."
What he's saying: "There doesn't have to be a process, as I understand it," Trump said in the pre-recorded interview on Fox News' "Hannity."
- "If you're the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, 'It's declassified,'" he told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
- "Even by thinking about it, because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you're sending it. ... There can be a process, but there doesn't have to be."
The big picture: The Justice Department contends that the records belong to the government, not Trump.
- A federal appeals court ruled earlier Wednesday, after Trump recorded the Fox News interview, that the DOJ could resume reviewing the classified documents.
- The court noted that while Trump had suggested he'd declassified papers when he was president, there's no record of this.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with more context.