As the political war continues to rage surrounding Donald Trump’s storage of government documents at his home in Florida, the National Archives has now released a letter meant to further disparage the former President’s argument.
At issue is whether or not the documents in Trump’s possession were classified – especially after the former President himself suggested that he had declassified the material, which is something that he did have the authority to do as the Commander in Chief.
The National Archive believes that only applies up until a certain point, however, and some of what Trump had at Mar-a-Lago is now being categorized as being on the upper echelon of government secrets.
The National Archives found more than 700 pages of classified material — including “special access program materials,” some of the most highly classified secrets in the government — in 15 boxes recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in January, according to correspondence between the National Archivist and his legal team.
The May 10 letter — posted late Monday on the website of John Solomon, a conservative journalist and one of Trump’s authorized liaisons to the National Archives to review papers from his presidency — showed that NARA and federal investigators had grown increasingly alarmed about potential damage to national security caused by the warehousing of these documents at Mar-a-Lago, as well as by Trump’s resistance to sharing them with the FBI.
The letter also revealed that an assessment of threats to national security posed by Trump’s possession of the documents was already underway, well before members of Congress were informed.Advertisement - story continues below
Senate Intelligence Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Vice Chair Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have already asked the intelligence community to provide such an assessment, and the broader entity on Capitol Hill that’s privy to the most sensitive national security secrets has asked to view the documents themselves.
The idea that the “America First” President would somehow allow these documents to be a national security threat harkens back to the days of the RussiaGate hoax, when the Democrats were convinced that Trump was some sort of double agent working for the Kremlin.