As Biden prepares speech focused on democracy, Trump search holds center stage – JP
“Through further investigation, the FBI uncovered multiple sources of evidence indicating that the response to the May 11 grand jury subpoena was incomplete and that classified documents remained at the Premises, notwithstanding the sworn certification made to the government on June 3,” the filing said.
Trump has continued to argue that he actually declassified the materials in question; the Justice Department says there is no evidence of that. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said the panel has requested, on a bipartisan basis, a damage assessment of any national security threat posed by the mishandling of this information.
Tuesday’s Justice Department filing in the Mar-a-Lago search legal saga leaves unanswered many of the bigger questions, such as what documents Trump had there, what witnesses prosecutors have and whether Trump or others might face criminal charges related to obstruction of justice or unlawful retention of government documents.
Still, the former president has defenders. The Twitter account of House Judiciary Republicans, led by ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tweeted Wednesday that the Justice Department under Biden “Knew the documents were missing for 18 months. Did nothing.”
And South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a Fox News Channel interview Sunday, “If they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street.”