Was Trump just being Trump? FBI search at Mar-a-Lago raises questions
- Donald Trump is facing three criminal investigations
- FBI recently raided his home in Florida, Mar-a-Lago
- FBI found 11 sets of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago
Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America (USA), was in the habit of grabbing intelligence documents, according to John Bolton, a national security advisor in the Trump Administration-turned-ardent Trump critic. Bolton made the comment during an interview, NBC News reported. “God knows what he (Trump) did with it,” Bolton said.
Following the 2020 Presidential elections, his vow to “never concede” and the Capitol riots, Donald Trump was in a hurry to vacate the White House. Government movers reportedly tossed documents and other items into banker boxes and sent them to a storage room at Trump’s residence in Florida – Mar-a-Lago.
Two sources with knowledge of how the documents were moved told NBC News that things were shipped along with things previously packed by Donald Trump, sometimes erratically so.
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In that room in Mar-a-Lago, the boxes contained documents with sensitive material that the federal government seems to consider critical to national security. It was to retrieve these documents that FBI agents took the unprecedented step of executing a search warrant at the home of a former president to seize them.
The records contained 11 sets of classified documents, including some labelled ‘secret’ and others labelled ‘top secret’, according to a property receipt from the search.
However, the question before law enforcement agencies is that whether Trump knew that he had moved with classified documents.
People who worked with the Trump at the White House told NBC News that he was known for his ad-hoc sorting of records. He was known to rip up records that aides would have to retrieve from trash cans or from the floor and tape back together, multiple reports claim.
The criminal investigation against Donald Trump on how sensitive records moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago is panning out to be a story on his impulsive instincts and disregard for established rules or norms that repeatedly created trouble for him in the White House.
Trump is facing three criminal investigations: the records case, the probe concerning his role in the attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, and his effort to nullify Biden’s victory in Georgia, a crucial swing state.