EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump told Fox News Digital that “deranged” Special Counsel Jack Smith needs to “immediately” drop all charges against him in his classified records case following the decision not to bring charges against President Biden for his retention of sensitive national security documents.
Trump spoke exclusively to Fox News Digital after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report was made public. Hur did not recommend criminal charges against Biden for mishandling and retaining classified documents — and stated that he wouldn’t bring charges against Biden even if he were not in the Oval Office.
Those records included classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, among other records related to national security and foreign policy which Hur said implicated “sensitive intelligence sources and methods.”
NO CHARGES FOR BIDEN AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL PROBE INTO IMPROPER HANDLING OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS
Trump, on the other hand, was charged out of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation related to his retention of classified materials. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges out of Smith’s probe. The charges include willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements.
Trump, the 2024 GOP front-runner, was then charged with an additional three counts as part of a superseding indictment out of Smith’s investigation — an additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts. Trump pleaded not guilty.
That trial is set to begin on May 20, 2024.
“They should immediately drop the case against me,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “I am covered by the Presidential Records Act — he wasn’t. He had many, many times more documents — totally unguarded. Mine were always surrounded by Secret Service and in locked rooms.”
Hur, in his report, revealed damning photos of classified national security documents stored unsecurely in Biden’s garage, basement and offices at his Wilmington, Delaware, home.
Trump said Biden’s case is “100 times more severe.”
Hur, in his report, described Biden as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
When asked about that description, Trump told Fox News Digital that Biden does “have a poor memory,” but that “he had to have a poor memory in order to get out of this mess.”
“This is 100 times more severe. This is two standards of justice and it has to end in our country,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “Deranged Jack Smith should drop the case immediately against us.”
Trump added: “It is election interference…. I did absolutely nothing wrong.”
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by the FBI in August 2022. Federal agents seized documents and records dating back to Trump’s presidency.
Garland, on Nov. 18, 2022, appointed Smith to serve as special counsel to investigate whether Trump was improperly retaining classified records at Mar-a-Lago.
When Smith was appointed to investigate Trump, Garland and top DOJ officials were simultaneously conducting an internal review of President Biden’s mishandling of classified records. That review, and the discovery of classified records at Biden’s office, was not disclosed to the public until January.
Republicans and allies of former President Trump were outraged, blasting the Justice Department for a double standard.