The matter of Donald Trump’s stolen government document scandal has seemingly gotten worse still, as CNN now reports that Justice Department investigators, working with Special Counsel Jack Smith on the investigation into the classified materials Trump took with him to his Mar-a-Lago resort upon the end of his tumultuous presidency, are demanding answers as to how a box full of classified government documents was recovered from the Trump-owned Palm Beach estate and post-White House personal residence in December when it was not discovered at the estate during the multiple rounds of search and seizures conducted at Mar-a-Lago months before.
CNN reports, “The Justice Department wants to know how a box containing a handful of classified records scattered among copies of presidential schedules turned up at Mar-a-Lago late last year, well after several rounds of searches of the property by federal agents and aides to former President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Paula Reid, one of the CNN reporters on the piece, spoke with the hosts of CNN This Morning and explained, “The special counsel investigators want to know why classified documents keep showing up at Mar-a-Lago that is nearly two years after Trump left office. And the big question is this just the result of carelessness or part of some part of an intentional effort to obstruct their investigation.”
“We learned that they are interested in a box that was uncovered by Trump lawyers in December,” Reid, a legal analyst for CNN network, told the panel. “This box contained what was described to us as a handful of classified documents, but complicating matters in 2021, a young staffer was instructed to scan the context of this box. She scanned it with her phone and put the documents on a laptop. We learned that, after she scanned them they were sent to an off-site storage space and only recently returned to Mar-a-Lago and found in December. in a closet.”
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“Now they have the laptop and the box of documents and a thumb drive and we learned in recent weeks they sat down with the staffer to ask what exactly happened here? How did they come into possession of these classified documents,” she went on to elaborate. “They want to know why the box was not given to the justice department and how it conveniently eluded the department.”
Something certainly does not add up here.
Watch the CNN segment here:
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