The recording indicates Trump understood he retained classified material after leaving the White House, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.
The attendees, sources said, did not have security clearances that would allow them access to classified information.
The revelation that the former president and commander-in-chief has been captured on tape discussing a classified document could raise his legal exposure as he continues his third bid for the White House.
When asked at a CNN town hall this month if he showed classified documents he kept after the presidency to anyone, Trump answered: “Not really.
On the recording and in response to the story, Trump brings up the document, which he says came from Milley.
Trump and his attorneys have given several different, often conflicting, explanations for why Trump didn’t intentionally retain classified materials in violation of federal law.
However, there’s no indication Trump followed the legally mandated declassification process, and his attorneys have avoided saying so far in court whether Trump declassified records he kept. »