Trump Issues New Statement Defending Removal Of White House Documents

Former President Donald Trump’s residence in Florida was raided by FBI agents on Monday and subsequent reports suggest the allegations against him relate to removing classified documents from the White House.

While Trump’s critics have jumped on the opportunity to condemn his actions as particularly nefarious, he has repeatedly defended his decisions — including with a new declaration of innocence released on Friday.

John Solomon, who founded the media outlet Just the News, weighed in on Trump’s latest statement during a segment of the Fox News Channel program “Hannity.”

As a Trump spokesperson wrote, workers in all industries must “bring home their work from time to time,” noting that the president is no exception.

“President Trump, in order to prepare work for the next day, often took documents including classified documents to the residence,” Solomon said, reading directly from the statement.

As for claims that the former president improperly handled such sensitive information, Trump’s team declared that he “had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.”

Further absolving Trump of wrongdoing, the statement asserted: “The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the president of the United States.”

Trump has also released multiple direct statements related to the investigation, including allegations that former President Barack Obama removed far more sensitive documents after his term in the White House was over.

In a statement posted to his Truth Social profile on Thursday, Trump wrote: “What happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama? He refused to give them back!”

He repeated a similar claim the following day.

“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”

The National Archive took issue with Trump’s accusations and issued a statement of its own that rejected his claim that Obama took possession of classified documents.

According to the agency, it is in control of the Chicago facility where roughly 30 million unclassified records were transferred at the end of the Obama administration. As for the classified documents, the National Archive indicated that they are still stored securely at a facility in the nation’s capital.