In a lengthy interview that often landed on Trump’s legal troubles, Hannity dug in on a big one. He suggested both that Trump wouldn’t deliberately possess the documents and that he didn’t prevent federal authorities from searching for them. In both cases, Trump repeatedly declined to confirm Hannity’s thesis.
The most striking exchange came on the question of possession.
“I can’t imagine you ever saying: ‘Bring me some of the boxes that we brought back from the White House. I’d like to look at them,’” Hannity said. “Did you ever do that?”
Trump didn’t directly answer the question, saying merely: “I would have the right to do that. There’s nothing wrong with it.”
So Hannity tried again: “But I know you. I don’t think you would do it.”
It turns out Trump would.
“Well, I don’t have a lot of time. But I would have the right to do that,” Trump said, before adding that, in fact, “I would do that. There would be nothing wrong.”
“Did you ever deny the FBI any access that they requested to come back to that room or any other room?” Hannity asked, in the first of four attempts to get Trump to say he never denied access.
Rather than say that, Trump merely suggested that such access was not requested.
“The FBI could have taken the documents if they would have asked,” he said.
He added, at another point: “We would have given them the stuff had they asked for it.”