FBI agents recovered classified materials during a raid into Mar-a-Lago on Monday, according to court documents.
A source told NBC News that during Trump’s final days, the aide hastily put together the paperwork.
A source said Trump didn’t seriously start preparing to leave the White House after January 6.
Between the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol, the 2020 election challenges, and the impending second impeachment, President Donald Trump has had a chaotic tenure.
Amidst the chaos and the realization that all election challenges had failed, Trump began instructing aides to pack Mar-a-Lago with the documents he planned to bring. NBC News report released on Saturday.
Two sources with knowledge of the situation said Trump’s aides hurriedly stuffed bank boxes with papers and other materials and shipped them to Trump’s Palm Beach club and residence, Mar-a-Lago.
A source said Trump began making plans to leave the White House after Jan. 6, the last two weeks of his presidency.
“It was a chaotic exit,” a source told NBC. When I got to Largo, I piled everything up in this storage room, except for the First Lady’s clothes, etc. Everything in the box went over there.”
The source said Trump was in a “dark place” at the time and that “he didn’t care about the box,” adding, “If you brought him into that warehouse and said, ‘Which are the presidential papers?’ What if you asked?” he added. he couldn’t tell you “
Mar-a-Lago was attacked FBI agents seized 11 boxes of classified materials on Monday, some labeled ‘Top Secret’ court record Unsealed Friday.The raid was part of the Justice Department Investigate the possibility of violating the three laws Relating to the processing of government records, including as part of espionage law.
Trump denied wrongdoing and claimed to have declassified all Mar-a-Lago records, although he did not provide declassification documents.
The New York Times reported on Saturday: One of Trump’s lawyers told the Justice Department In June, all classified documents were returned. But given the recovery of additional classified documents on Monday, the report casts doubt on how cooperative and forthcoming the former president and his team have been with investigators.
The Trump office did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
In his four years in office, Trump has built a reputation for being frivolous on the president’s record. required by law to be preservedReports say Trump rips up papers and even flushes them down the toilet.Some of his former staffers also said he would Request storage of specific documents.
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