Trump Took 700 Pages of Classified Documents to Florida
The National Archives revealed on Tuesday that former American President Donald Trump left Washington with more than 700 pages of classified documents, some of which included the government's top secrets.
Debra Steidel Wall, the acting U.S. archivist, made the revelation in a letter dated May 10 to one of Trump's attorneys, Evan Corcoran, in which she rejected claims from Trump's representatives that the former president should be allowed to keep some of the documents by claiming executive privilege from his time in the White House.
Wall described the rising concern within the Justice Department's National Security Division regarding the "potential damage resulting from the apparent manner in which these materials were stored and transported" to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate rather than being turned over to the National Archives when his presidency ended, as required by American law.
Her letter said there were "over 100 documents with classification markings" in the 15 boxes of materials the government retrieved from Mar-a-Lago in January, the first of three times this year that the FBI and U.S. archivists have collected boxes of classified materials from Trump's wintertime residence and private club on the Atlantic coastline.
In June, Trump and his staff provided additional records. On August 8, FBI investigators searched Trump's office, a storage area in the basement, and other rooms at the estate and seized an additional twenty boxes, including eleven boxes of classified information.
Trump has claimed that he declassified the materials before his term ended on Jan. 20, 2021, and Joe Biden became the U.S. president, but neither Trump nor his aides have produced any documented evidence of such a declassification.