In an audio clip, Donald Trump speaks with an interviewer about a “highly confidential” document.

The two-minute audio clip was taken from a meeting Trump had with writers for his former chief of staff Mark Meadows’ memoir in July 2021 at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.

In the 49-page indictment of Trump by special counsel Jack Smith, who was accused of handling sensitive documents improperly after leaving office, portions of the transcript of the recording were used as evidence.

An apparent indication that Trump is in possession of a classified Pentagon memo outlining plans to strike Iran can be heard in the audio tape presented by CNN late Monday and obtained by ABC and CBS.

Trump is heard saying on the recording, “These are the papers,” yet this statement is not from the indictment.

As he appears to be showing something to the others in the room, he also uses phrases like “highly confidential” and “this is secret information” to describe the object in question.

Trump continues, “This was done by the military and given to me,” before pointing out that the paper is still secret.

You can see that as president, I had the power to declassify it. Earlier, you know, I could.

One of his staff members replies, “Now we have a problem.”

That’s interesting, isn’t it? The recording concludes with Trump requesting that some Cokes be brought in, saying, “It’s really cool.

Trump, who is seeking to retake the White House next year, is charged by the Department of Justice with breaking the Espionage Act and other laws when he took away confidential information after leaving office and refused to turn them over to the National Archives.

The Department of Justice described evidence in its indictment that included an audio recording from a July 2021 meeting that Trump, who had since resigned as president, had when discussing what he described as a “secret” and “highly confidential” document with a novelist, a publisher, and two of his employees—none of whom had a US security clearance—Trump did so without revealing their identities.

The brash 77-year-old millionaire is charged with knowingly hoarding several sensitive documents that he illegally brought to his Florida beachside estate, refusing to give them back, and collaborating with others to hinder authorities looking to collect them.

Trump is also charged with divulging classified information to those without security clearance.

Although the start date of his criminal trial is initially set for August 14, his legal team is expected to succeed in getting the date postponed by several months.

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