Former President Donald Trump is calling out the FBI, asserting that the agents who raided his Mar-a-Lago home were reckless with supposedly classified documents.
While Trump asserts that the documents at his home were all declassified, Democrats and the Justice Department claim that he did not declassify him, nor did he have the authority to do that.
The Department of Justice has released a photograph of some of the records that FBI agents discovered inside Trump’s home, and the former president is accusing them of being reckless with the classified documents “perhaps pretending it was me who did it.”
Trump made the accusation in a post on Wednesday morning on his social media app, Truth Social.
“Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see,” the former president wrote.
“Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!” Trump added.
The DOJ argued in court papers on Tuesday that it had evidence that the classified documents in Trump’s home were deliberately concealed from FBI agents when they went to retrieve them.
The Daily Mail reported that the DOJ’s photograph showed papers — many of which were labeled “top secret” — strewn about the carpeted floor inside Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home during the August 8 search.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 31, 2022
Trump wasn’t the only person criticizing the photo on social media.
“Staged photo of declassified papers protected by the U.S. Secret Service. Nothing was available digitally – like Hillary had. Stop just swallowing the government’s constant spin. Do journalism,” tweeted former Acting National Intelligence Director Ric Grenell.
“The Biden FBI staged a dishonest photo with purportedly classified material, with the approval of the Biden DOJ, and submitted it to a court to try to make Trump look bad. These agencies are irredeemably corrupt,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort also called out the DOJ’s actions during an appearance on Newsmax’s “American Agenda.”
According to the court filing in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, Trump’s lawyers “explicitly prohibited government personnel from opening or looking inside any of the boxes” that were found inside a storage room when FBI agents first visited the former president’s home in June to retrieve records.
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” the DOJ claimed.