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FORMER PROSECUTOR: DOJ’s inventory of Trump docs raises specter of grave crimes

FORMER PROSECUTOR: DOJ’s inventory of Trump docs raises specter of grave crimes

FORMER PROSECUTOR: DOJ's inventory of Trump docs raises specter of grave crimes

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Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner tweeted on Friday that “things just went from bad to worse” after a federal judge released the inventory list of materials retrieved by the FBI in the Department of Justice’s investigation into whether ex-President Donald Trump mishandled documents taken from the White House when he left office.

43 empty folders marked with the “CLASSIFIED” banner, and 28 labeled “Return to Staff Secretary/Military Aide,” were found in the former President’s Mar-a-Lago office, begging the question – what did Trump do with the sensitive government information in those folders?

“We don’t know yet, but I suspect we will learn exactly what Donald Trump did with those classified and military documents,” Kirschner said in a video posted later.

Kirschner tried a variety of cases during his 30-year legal career – including espionage while an Army Judge Advocate General prosecutor, as well as obstruction cases when working under former FBI Director Robert Mueller at the United States Attorney Office. Donald Trump is under federal investigation for likely both espionage and obstruction surrounding his removal of top secret government materials.

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According to Kirschner:

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“There is no way when Donald Trump was leaving the White House he said ‘look, I’m gonna need you all to pack up those empty classified documents folders and those empty folders with those military markings on them. I’m gonna need you to ship those all down to my office at Mar-a-Lago.'”

In an episode of his show, Justice Matters, the veteran prosecutor broke down the seriousness of the missing documents and possible threat to national security – raising questions as to what Trump could have done with the information.

“The most reasonable inference is that Donald Trump disposed of those classified documents after unlawfully taking them from the White House,” said Kirschner.

Since Trump left office, the National Archives has been trying to get the documents back. Though 15 boxes of classified records were returned in January – a year after they were requested – what was in those boxes raised concern, and federal investigators began an aggressive effort to force Trump and his team’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act.

At the ex-President’s Palm Beach home, over a dozen more empty folders with “classified” and “military” markings were found in a store room.

The discovery of the top-secret documents among non-classified items, gifts, and random materials after the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago raises serious concerns over whether the sensitive government information was properly secured.

“Did he sell them to America’s adversaries? Did he use them to blackmail people?”

In a notice filed on August 30th, the Department of Justice said that “all evidence pertaining to the seized items–including, but not limited to the nature and manner in which they were stored,” and would play a role in the DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation.

“The seized materials will continue to be used to further the government’s investigation, and the investigative team will continue to use and evaluate the seized materials as it takes further investigative steps, such as through additional witness interviews and grand jury practice,” the Justice Department stated in their filing.

As the evidence mounts, it becomes undeniably clear that not only did Donald Trump remove documents that belonged to the federal government, he tried to conceal his duplicity with false statements to investigators that all relevant materials had been returned – which we now know is false.

After 18 months, there’s no way to know for sure if the documents Trump took were secure, and if the proprietary information was distributed or seen by those without the proper clearance and authorization. With the Trump camp evading, stalling, lying, and misleading federal investigators for the past year and a half, one thing is for sure – the discovery of dozens of empty folders should put us all on high alert.

In the words of former Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Kirschner, “There is no legitimate argument, no persuasive argument, and no compelling argument against arresting Donald Trump promptly – and that’s what should be done.”

Watch the video below:

View the detailed list of documents found at Mar-a-Lago here.

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