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Being convicted of crimes involving secret payments to a porn star is pretty mortifying. But sometimes it seems that Donald Trump is actually more embarrassed by the classified documents case against him because it revealed the extent of his hoarding problems. Today, the Justice Department released even more photos of the mess investigators found during their search at Mar-a-Lago.

Last year, Trump pleaded not guilty to 40 counts related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House. The 49-page indictment, released in June 2023, was full of photos showing classified documents mixed with newspaper clippings and random Trump memorabilia. The papers were stored in dozens of bank boxes, left unattended in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom, in a bathroom, and even spilled on the floor.

Employees’ testimony revealed they derisively referred to the documents as ‘the former president’Nice spirit paper boxes” because of how obsessed he was with them. Trump has been extremely defensive when the Justice Department has exposed its piles of rubbish. In a monologue that could have been taken from an episode of AccusersTrump claimed his papers were “very carefully filed away” until investigators searched them and insisted he was going to organize them one day – he just “didn’t have a chance to go through all of them.” the boxes “.

The Trump team actually tried to incorporate this point into their criminal defense. His lawyers recently filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that investigators essentially destroyed evidence by failing to record the contents of the boxes in the exact order in which they were found.

It was probably a mistake. First, like the Washington Job explains, it is difficult to prove:

Their argument, known as a “spoliation of evidence” motion, is generally subject to a high legal threshold. Defense attorneys must show that prosecutors intentionally destroyed evidence to convince a judge to dismiss the case.

Second, it turns out prosecutors have even more embarrassing photos of Trump’s hoarding on hand.

On Monday evening, Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team defended the search process and urged District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to deny the motion to dismiss. They noted that the former president “personally chose to preserve in cardboard boxes documents containing some of the nation’s best-kept secrets, as well as a collection of other personally chosen memorabilia, of various sizes and shapes, dating from his presidency.

The filing continues: “Against this haphazard manner in which Trump chose to maintain his boxes, he now asserts that the precise order of the items in the boxes as they left the White House was essential to his defense and, Furthermore. , that the FBI agents executing the search warrant in August 2022 should have known.

Prosecutors said the contents of each box were preserved and any papers scattered on the floor were found that way. They backed that up by releasing a new set of photos showing documents marked “secret” and “top secret” jumbled among the mess at Mar-a-Lago.

Here are all the new photos included in the file.

This photo shows documents stacked next to cases of Diet Coke, MAGA hats and a portrait of Trump with an eagle sticking out of his head:

Photo: US Department of Justice

This photo shows papers spilling from several overturned bankers’ boxes stored next to a clothes rack:

Photo: US Department of Justice

And here we have several photos of White House correspondence marked “confidential” and “secret” mixed in with old newspapers, golf shirts, and a crumpled plastic bag:

Photo: US Department of Justice

Photo: US Department of Justice

Photo: US Department of Justice

Photo: US Department of Justice

Photo: US Department of Justice

It is difficult to see how investigators could have preserved the exact “order” of the items in these boxes, but that is a question for Judge Cannon to decide.

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