Trump and the huge mess he left behind in classified FBI documents and other government records

The FBI received a wave of offenses after raiding Donald Trump’s house in Mar-a-Lago.

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The mess in the FBI classified documents and other government records at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency was so large that, even a year later, the Justice Department sent a letter to lawmakers telling them it still couldn’t say which of the documents were classified.

According to ABC News, the documents come from the FBI investigation in 2016 that he was looking for the alleged links between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.

The night before leaving the White House, the former president tried to make the documents publicSo he issued a “declassification” memorandum and secretly met with conservative writer John Solomon, who was allowed to review the documents, Solomon told ABC News.

However, to the great frustration of the tycoon and his political allies, for reasons that are not clear, none of the documents were officially published. and yesterday the Department of Justice indicated that it is still working to determine which documents can be disclosed.

The White House wasn’t sure what should be revealed,

“[El] Department of Justice has failed to declassify a single page”Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, complained to the attorney general in February.

Even much of what happened to the documents remains a mystery in Trump’s last days in office, and since then, it remains unresolved as the current and former administration officials involved have refused to talk about it.

Just a few weeks into his presidency, Trump “demanded” that “key documents” – still classified by the FBI and the Justice Department – “be brought to the White House” so they can be “entered into the public record once and for all,” Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, wrote in a memoir published last year.

On December 30, 2020, the Department of Justice handed over a folder full of internal notesmemos, emails and other records.

The White House wasn’t sure what should be revealed, so Trump’s team asked a group of Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee to make recommendations, a congressional source told ABC News about the request. .

“[Es] a foot and a half of documents, almost everything that the FBI had kept out of public view,” Solomon said in an interview with a right-wing website on January 1. of January 14, 2021, predicting that the documents could “be made public tomorrow.”

In the White House they feared that something would happen to him…

But the FBI objected to “any” publication, Trump’s “declassification” memo said.

Around 7 pm ET on his last full day in office, January 1. 19 of 2021, Trump formally issued his “declassification” memorandum regarding those documents, the same day that Solomon supposedly met with him.

“I had a brief interview with President Trump in which told me unequivocally that he had signed the order to complete the [desclasificación] and that I would receive a declassified set of documents to post online for the public,” Solomon said last week in an interview with ABC News.

“Later that same day, I was allowed, on two occasions, to briefly review a stack of documents which they told me were the declassified documents. I was not allowed to keep the documents at any time, but was told I would get a full copy.”

Shortly after 9 p.m. ET that day, Solomon appeared on Fox News and said that he had “reviewed all the documents at least once.”

Several people in the White House “they were afraid something would happen to the larger batch”so they took steps to bring at least “some of the documents,” the writer explained in a separate interview on Newsmax TV last month.

On the January morning of January 20, 2021, with just two hours to go before Joe Biden became president, Meadows found himself running to the White House to retrieve at least some of the documents, remembered in his book.

And in a memo to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen that morning, Meadows said he would return “most of the file” to the Justice Department.

Solomon has denounced the FBI investigation as the “criminalization of a records dispute”.

Following the Aug. 8 raid at Mar-a-Lago by the FBI, the Justice Department said hundreds of documents marked classified, including many marked “top secret”, they were kept in unsafe locations on Trump property after he left office.

While a federal appeals court recently noted that regarding the documents found during the raid, the former president has provided no evidence that none of these records have been declassified.

With information from ABC

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