According to reports that emerged on Sunday, Pratt, a significant witness in Trump’s ongoing classified documents case, shared that he was privy to information regarding Trump’s confidential calls with the leaders of Ukraine and Iraq.
The New York Times and “60 Minutes Australia” brought forth unheard recordings of Pratt, wherein he vividly recounts his interactions with Trump, contributing to the existing allegations of Trump’s indiscriminate sharing of sensitive governmental material.
Pratt, in these tapes, disclosed how Trump would delve into details about his conversations with global leaders during his tenure as president. Additionally, Pratt did not shy away from expressing his critical views on Trump’s personal ethics.
Previous reports from CNN highlighted Pratt’s participation in an interview with special counsel Jack Smith, who has accused Trump of jeopardizing national security by stockpiling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Trump, maintaining his innocence, has pleaded not guilty to these charges. Pratt’s role in this saga continues, as he is slated to appear as a witness in the trial scheduled for May.
Trump's Laxity with State Secrets
This case predominantly revolves around concerns regarding Trump’s lax attitude towards the confidentiality of state secrets.
Earlier reports from ABC News touched upon Trump’s discussions with Pratt about potentially sensitive information concerning U.S. nuclear submarines. The reports released on Sunday extend our understanding of Pratt’s recounting of his conversations with Trump to include matters of foreign policy.
One striking revelation from Pratt includes a recollection of a conversation where Trump, with a sense of immediacy, stated, “I just bombed Iraq today”. Pratt also shared Trump’s recounting of a December 2019 call with Iraqi President Barham Salih, providing an insight into the gravity of these discussions.
Furthermore, the tapes unveil Trump’s conversation with Pratt about his controversial September 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which was central to Trump’s first impeachment. Trump allegedly told Pratt that the call with Zelensky was mild compared to his usual discussions.
Trump, in his response to The New York Times, highlighted Pratt’s Australian heritage, emphasizing the countries’ strong alliance, though he stopped short of denying the conversations described in the tapes. A spokesperson for Trump deemed the tapes to be lacking in context. Attempts have been made to reach out to both the Trump campaign and Pratt’s company, Visy, for comments.