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Trump Says He Had ‘Every Right’ to Keep Classified Documents

Former US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had “every right” to keep classified documents at his estate.

“I had every right to have these documents,” Trump told supporters at a rally at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, where he returned after the court appearance.

“In other words, whatever documents a president decides to take with him, he has the right to do so. It’s an absolute right,” he added.

“As President, the law that applies to this case is not the Espionage Act, but very simply the Presidential Records Act, which is not even mentioned in this ridiculous 44-page indictment,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters in New Jersey. “Under the Presidential Records Act, which is civil, not criminal, I had every right to have these documents.”

Furthermore, if elected, Trump promised to name a special prosecutor to pursue Biden. 

“I will appoint a real special prosecutor to go after the most corrupt president in the history of the United States of America, Joe Biden and the entire Biden crime family, name a special prosecutor and all others involved with the destruction of our elections, our borders, and our country itself,” he said.

Trump and his aide Walt Nauta were charged with 38 charges relating to the improper handling of secret documents, according to the indictment, which was posted to the electronic database of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on June 9. According to the indictment, 102 documents with classified marks were found during the search of Trump’s Florida residence last year; 27 were kept in his office, and 75 were kept in storage. Seventeen of those documents have the designation “top secret” on them.

Trump pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal criminal charges that he unlawfully kept national security documents when he left office and lied to officials who sought to recover them, Reuters reported.

It was Trump’s second recent appearance in court. In April, he entered a not-guilty plea to state charges in New York related to a hush-money payment to a porn star.

Trump is the first former president to be charged with federal crimes.