Trump Accuses Special Counsel of MishandlingClassified Documents

Former President Donald Trump accused Special Counsel Jack Smith's office of mishandling classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate. Prosecutors acknowledged that some evidence may not be in the same sequence as when FBI agents initially found it during the search.

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Trump Accuses Special Counsel of MishandlingClassified Documents

Trump Accuses Special Counsel of MishandlingClassified Documents

Former President Donald Trump has accused Special Counsel Jack Smith's office of mishandling classified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022. The accusation comes after prosecutors acknowledged that some evidence may not be in the same sequence as when FBI agents initially found it during the search.

Why this matters: The handling of classified documents is a critical aspect of national security, and any mishandling can have serious consequences for the country's safety. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for how government officials are held accountable for their handling of sensitive information.

In a court filing on Friday, prosecutors conceded that they had previously and incorrectly told U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that the 33 boxes seized by the FBI remained in their original intact form, other than replacing classified documents with placeholder sheets. The prosecutors acknowledged that some documents are not now in the same order as they appear in digital scans of the records made in the fall of 2022.

Trump seized on the admission, alleging on Truth Social that "Smith and his team committed blatant Evidence Tampering by mishandling the very Boxes they used as a pretext to bring this Fake Case." He claimed that the prosecutors' actions were "deeply Illegal" and demanded that the case be dropped immediately.

The discrepancies in the sequence of the records are attributed to the act of moving the boxes, which might have caused apparent shifts due to the size and shape of certain items. Prosecutors stated,"There are some boxes where the order of items within that box is not the same as in the associated scans. "They acknowledged that this was inconsistent with what they had previously understood and represented to the court.

The case revolves around Trump's alleged illegal stashing of government secrets at his Mar-a-Lago residence. The FBI seized 33 boxes of documents from the estate on August 8, 2022, as part of an investigation into the handling of classified documents. During the search, FBI agents carried printed classified cover sheets and used them to replace any classified documents they discovered.

Trump's trial in the classified documents case is still officially set to open on May 20, but all sides in the case have agreed that date is unrealistic. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately halted a review of the documents ordered by Judge Cannon. As the legal battle continues, Trump faces multiple charges, including willful retention of national defense information, false statements and representations, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, and corruptly concealing adocument.

Key Takeaways

  • Trump accuses Special Counsel Jack Smith's office of mishandling classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Prosecutors admit some evidence may not be in original sequence due to handling and moving of boxes.
  • Trump claims "evidence tampering" and demands case be dropped, calling prosecutors' actions "deeply illegal".
  • FBI seized 33 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago in August 2022, investigating Trump's handling of classified info.
  • Trump faces multiple charges, including willful retention of national defense info and conspiracy to obstruct justice.