NYT says Trump’s lawyer denied having classified documents
NYT: Donald Trump's lawyer said in June that the politician had no secret documents At least one Trump lawyer signed a document in June stating that there were no secret documents at the ex-president's residence. In August, the FBI seized 11 sets, including secret and top secret files< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/673xH/media/img/5/36/756604264280365.jpg 673w" media="(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min- device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/5/36/756604264280365.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(-webkit-min-device -pixel-ratio: 2), (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
Former US President Donald Trump
One of the lawyers for former US President Donald Trump claimed that classified materials stored at the politician's residence in Mar-a-Lago were returned to the authorities. The lawyer signed the corresponding written statement, writes The New York Times, citing four sources familiar with the document.
This document was signed on June 3 after a visit to the Trump residence by the chief counterintelligence officer in the Department of Homeland Security of the US Department of Justice, Jay Bratt. It was signed by at least one of the ex-president's lawyers, the newspaper writes.
The publication notes that the written statement suggests that Trump's lawyers did not fully disclose information about secret documents at the residence to the US authorities.
In the same residence of the ex-president, Mar-a-Lago, the FBI conducted searches on August 8. The department's actions were related to the search for secret documents of the White House. The National Archives and Records Administration suggested in February that Trump, as he left the presidency, removed 15 boxes of documents from the White House, including classified documents. The documents were later returned, however, according to media reports, the Ministry of Justice initiated the issuance of a search warrant to the FBI to make sure that no documents were taken away from the estate. Federal agents were interested in documentation that, in particular, is related to nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported.
The FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents at the Trump residence, among which there are files marked “top secret”, access to them should be carried out only in special state institutions, wrote The Wall Street Journal. Among them is “information about the president of France,” the newspaper points out, citing a list of confiscated items at Trump's house.
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Trump called what is happening “the greatest witch hunt in history” USA and refused to testify against himself. “I once asked: “If you are innocent, why are you using the fifth amendment? Now I know the answer,— stressed the ex-president. He believes he has been harassed by the government and the media, leaving him with no choice but to remain silent.
According to Trump, there was an “un-American, unjustified and unnecessary raid and infiltration of my house, and as president of the United States, he declassified all the materials that are in his possession. “They could have it any time they wanted without playing politics and breaking into my residence in Mar-a-Lago,” he emphasized.
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