The DOJ is investigating Donald Trump’s handling of secret White House documents.
Sources told WaPo that there may be indications of possible obstruction.
Workers helped move boxes of documents the day before the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, per WaPo.
Donald Trump and his team may have been preparing to move sensitive White House documents months before the FBI raided the Mar-a-Lago resort last August, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Sources familiar with the Justice Department’s investigation alleged to The Post that the former president’s aides conducted a “dress rehearsal” for moving the documents even before the DOJ shared a grand jury subpoena in May asking for all classified documents.
FBI agents seized thousands of government documents, some classified as confidential, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last August. The DOJ’s investigation entered a new phase in March after Special Counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed dozens of Mar-a-Lago staffers, but movement in the investigation has been quiet in recent weeks. ABC News reported that Smith may be finalizing the investigation as he decides whether to indict the former president.
Some of the charges include unlawful possession of government documents and obstructing government efforts to recover the material.
On top of the aides’ alleged preparation for moving sensitive documents, two Trump associates moved boxes of documents a day before FBI agents and a prosecutor met with Trump’s attorney at Mar-a-Lago last June to to retrieve any material, the sources told The Na.
One of the employees was a maintenance worker at the resort who offered to help a Trump aide, Walt Nauta, move the boxes, a source familiar with the matter told The New York Times. The maintenance worker did not know the contents of the boxes, the source said.
Nauta was caught on security cameras moving boxes from a storage unit in Mar-a-Lago before and after the Justice Department issued the May subpoena, The Times previously reported.
Federal prosecutors also have evidence that Trump kept classified documents openly in his Mar-a-Lago office and sometimes showed them to other people, sources told The Post.
Trump’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has previously denied any wrongdoing regarding his handling of classified documents.
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