ABC News reports:
Appearing to contradict former President Donald Trump’s primary public defense in the classified documents case, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has told special counsel Jack Smith’s investigators that he could not recall Trump ever ordering, or even discussing, declassifying broad sets of classified materials before leaving the White House, nor was he aware of any “standing order” from Trump authorizing the automatic declassification of materials taken out of the Oval Office, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.
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EXCLUSIVE: Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told special counsel investigators that he could not recall former Pres. Trump ever declassifying Mar-a-Lago documents, sources familiar with the matter tell @ABC News. https://t.co/P7HlA5Xhkn
— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2023