Trump Says FBI Took His Will During Mar-a-Lago Raid

Former President Donald Trump has claimed that the FBI agents who searched Mar-a-Lago made off with his last will and testament.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, Trump addressed the FBI's court-authorized raid of his Florida home on August 8, which ended in the seizure of more than 11,000 documents. Of these files, 103 were marked as classified, including 54 labeled "secret" and 18 labeled "top secret."

But Trump, who has denied mishandling sensitive materials, said his will might have disappeared in the mix.

"They took a lot," he told Hannity. "I think they took my will. I found out yesterday—I said, where is it? I think they took my will."

Hannity responded, "Am I in it?"

Trump appeared to breeze past the quip, saying, "That could cause a lot of problems, if that gets published, from people that won't be so happy—or maybe will be very happy."

Trump also said that he declassified sensitive documents, declaring that process required no further evidence than a president's thought.

"You can declassify just by saying it's declassified, even by thinking about it," said the former president. "Because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you're sending. And it doesn't have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn't have to be. You're the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it's declassified."

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America Rally to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices in the state at the Covelli Centre on September 17, 2022, in Youngstown, Ohio. Trump has claimed that the FBI agents who searched Mar-a-Lago made off with his last will and testament. Jeff Swensen / Stringer/Getty Images North America

The interview aired after Trump's legal team met a rebuke from special master Judge Raymond Dearie, who was appointed to review the records seized at Mar-a-Lago. Dearie challenged Trumps' lawyers after they refused to produce evidence of declassification.

"You can't have your cake and eat it," said Dearie.

On Wednesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to continue examining the seized documents. This decision stopped an order from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that halted the DOJ's investigation.

The three-judge panel, comprising two judges appointed by Trump and one by Barack Obama, wrote that Trump had "not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents," nor had he "established that the current administration has waived that requirement for these documents."

The panel also said the debate around classification was a "red herring" because it did not address "why [Trump] has a personal interest" in the files.

Trump's pre-recorded interview with Hannity was seemingly conducted before his legal team's setback in the 11th Circuit.

Newsweek reached out to Trump for comment.