- The DOJ is investigating Donald Trump’s handling of classified White House documents.
- Sources told WaPo there may be evidence of a possible obstruction.
- Workers helped move boxes of documents the day before the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, according to WaPo.
Donald Trump and his team may have been preparing to move sensitive White House documents months before the FBI raided the resort town of Mar-a-Lago last August, according to a Washington Post report .
Sources close to the Justice Department investigation alleged to the Post that the former president’s aides conducted a ‘dress rehearsal’ to move the documents before the DOJ even shared a grand jury subpoena. requesting all classified documents in May.
FBI agents seized thousands of government documents, some of which were classified, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last August. The DOJ investigation entered a new phase in March after Special Counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed dozens of Mar-a-Lago staff, but the investigation has been quiet in recent weeks. ABC News reported that Smith may wrap up the investigation as he decides whether to charge the former president.
Some of the charges could include unlawful possession of government documents and obstructing government efforts to retrieve the documents.
In addition to allegedly preparing aides to move sensitive documents, two of Trump’s employees moved boxes of documents a day before FBI agents and a prosecutor met with Trump’s lawyer at Mar-a-Lago in last June to retrieve any material, the sources said. Job.
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 camera moving boxes out of a storage room at Mar-a-Lago before and after the Justice Department issued the subpoena in May, it previously reported the Times.
Federal prosecutors also have evidence that Trump kept classified documents out in the open in his Mar-a-Lago office and sometimes showed them to other people, sources told the Post.
Trump’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has previously denied any wrongdoing regarding his handling of classified documents.