Experts say constitutional powers allowing a president to declassify documents do not apply to documents classified as top secret or higher
- Former President Donald Trump claims documents the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago have been ‘declassified’
- Even a president is subject to federal laws designed to protect the most sensitive documents, experts say.
- The FBI seized 11 sets of secret, top secret, confidential and other classified documents.
WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that all of the sensitive documents FBI agents took during a search of his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Fla., had been “all declassified.” .
But experts said the constitutional powers allowing a president to declassify documents do not apply to documents classified top secret or higher, because the information they contain is generally protected by other federal laws designed to ensure that they never fall into the wrong hands.