Donald Trump's acknowledges possessing "secret documents" in an audio leak

10:21 PM | 28 Jun, 2023
Donald Trump's acknowledges possessing
Source: Trump Instagram

Former US president Donald Trump has acknowledged having secret documents after leaving the White House and recognising that they had not been declassified, in an audio leak that surfaced earlier this week.

The two-minute audio recording gained attention after being broadcast by the US news organisation CNN on Monday night. The interview, which was later obtained by ABC and CBS, was conducted in July 2021 at the former American president's Bedminster, New Jersey golf club for writers of his former chief of staff Mark Meadows' biography. 

In special counsel Jack Smith's 49-page indictment of Trump on allegations that he handled classified materials improperly after leaving office, portions of the recording's transcript were used as evidence.

The audio recording included a passage when Trump seems to be clutching a top-secret Pentagon paper that contains plans to strike Iran.

Trump is heard on the recording saying, "These are the papers," which was left out of the indictment.

As he appears to be displaying something to the other people in the room, he also uses terms like "highly confidential" and "this is secret information" to describe it.

Trump says, "This was done by the military and given to me," before pointing out that in order to utilise it in the book, it would need to be "declassified."

"You see, I had the option to declassify it as president. Now, you know, I can't," he adds.

One of the other person replies, "Now we have a problem.

That's fascinating, isn't it? Just before the recording concludes with him requesting that someone bring him some Cokes, Trump exclaims, "It's really cool.

Trump became the first US president to face federal criminal charges earlier this month after denying 37 counts of deliberately mishandling US national secrets and conspiring to impede their return.

Trump reacted angrily to the tape's publication on his website Truth Social, labelling Smith "deranged" and falsely accused the prosecutor of working with the FBI and Justice Department to "illegally" leak and misrepresent the footage.

According to him, the tape "actually an exoneration, rather than what they would have you believe."

"This ongoing witch hunt is just another attempt to interfere with elections. They are thieves and thugs, he wrote in his message.

The 77-year-old Trump is accused by the government of knowingly keeping several sensitive papers that he illegally brought to his Florida seaside property, refusing to release them, and collaborating to hinder investigators looking to collect them. Trump is aiming to win back the White House next year.

Trump is also charged with disclosing very confidential US information to individuals without security clearance.


Pakistani rupee remains stable against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar remained stable and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 8 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.71
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan increase; Check out latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan increased as the yellow metal witnessed an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 8 December 2023

On Friday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,390.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,050 each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Friday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (8 December 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583


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