Federal prosecutors have obtained an audio recording of a summer 2021 meeting in which former President Donald Trump acknowledges that he withheld a classified Pentagon document on a potential attack on Iran, several sources told CNN, undermining the thesis of the Tycoon according to which he would have declassified all the documents seized by the FBI in his residence in Mar-a-Lago. The audio suggests that Trump is aware that he kept classified material after leaving the White House.
Heard as a witness Mark Milley
In the recording, Trump’s comments suggest he would like to share the information, but he is aware of the limits on his powers to declassify the documents after the presidency, according to two of the sources. Prosecutors have already heard as a witness General Mark Milley, then the chief of the joint staff, then the top national security official in the Trump administration.
The Autobiography of Mark Meadows
The bout dates back to July 2021 and was held at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. With the Tycoon were two people who worked on the autobiography of Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows. Also present were employees of the former president, including communications specialist Margo Martin. According to the sources, the participants did not have security clearances that would allow them access to confidential information. Meadows would not, however, have attended the meeting.
The four page report
Included in the autobiography is an account of an incident which may relate to the July meeting which mentions “a four-page typed report by Mark Milley himself. It contained the general’s plan to attack Iran by deploying massive numbers of troops, a plan Milley urged President Trump to implement more than once during his presidency.”