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Multiple White House Officials Deny Trump’s Claims of Designating Classified Documents as Personal

Special Counsel Jack Smith has disclosed to the court that several former White House officials have denied Trump’s claims regarding classified documents.

This marks a significant development in the classified documents case against the former president. 

These officials have served in various roles, including attorneys, national security advisers, and chiefs of staff.

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All of them have reportedly said that they have no recollection that presidential records were designated as personal items at the time.

This is part of Smith’s latest filing, which challenges Trump’s defense strategy in the Florida case.

In this case, he faces accusations of unlawfully keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate and hindering federal efforts to reclaim them.

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The filing notes extensive interviews with Trump’s representatives under the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and other high-ranking White House personnel.

None of them had knowledge of Trump claiming records as personal.

In fact, all witnesses questioned on this matter denied ever hearing such declarations from Trump.

The filing was done in response to Judge Cannon’s inquiry regarding the classified documents’ “unauthorized possession.”

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She had inquired whether these could be considered personal property by the jury.

However, the submission by the special counsel firmly rejects Trump’s claims that he had the authority to label them as personal.

It also refutes claims that the former President had told White House officials to do so.

The Presidential Records Act was established post-Watergate.

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In the act, once the president leaves office, his documents must be sent to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

These materials are considered government property.

Afterward, any public presentation of these documents must be approved by NARA.

With trial in the case due for May 20, there is anticipation that Judge Cannon may delay the proceedings.

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