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Donald Trump Responds To FBI Photo Of Docs Scattered All Over Mar-a-Lago Floor

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Former President Donald Trump has responded to a photograph that appeared online earlier this week of “top secret” files the FBI allegedly took from his Mar-a-Lago estate during last month’s raid.

The photo was part of a Justice Department filing on Tuesday explaining to a federal court the reasons why officials oppose the former president’s request for a “special master” to review documents taken during the raid to see if they fall under the categories of executive privilege and attorney-client privilege.

The ‘top secret’ documents appear to have been spread out on the floor of Trump’s estate after being seized during the Aug. 8 raid.

“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. Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

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In another post addressing the materials, Trump explained:

There seems to be confusion as to the “picture” where documents were sloppily thrown on the floor and then released photographically for the world to see, as if that’s what the FBI found when they broke into my home. Wrong! They took them out of cartons and spread them around on the carpet, making it look like a big “find” for them. They dropped them, not me – Very deceiving…And remember, we could have NO representative, including lawyers, present during the Raid. They were told to wait outside.

In another post, he quoted The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis, who included the photo in question in a post on the same platform: “Trump’s presidential records were so sensitive and in need of protection that FBI agents seized them from storage, dumped them all over the floor, and took pictures of them so BlueAnons could post pics of them on Twitter.”

“That TIME Magazine cover was huge threat to national security,” the GOP House Judiciary added on Twitter, in reference to the photo.

The raid itself has been widely panned by Republicans especially when many of them speculated that the unprecedented action is purely political — ultimately a means of preventing Trump from securing the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) was one of them who weighed in last month.

The U.S. Navy SEAL and Texas Republican vet mocked the Justice Department’s reported reasoning for the operation — that Trump may have had highly sensitive nuclear weapons secrets in his possession, forcing the FBI’s actions.

In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Crenshaw also said that the FBI’s actions were extreme in order to obtain classified documents from Trump’s estate, given reports that the former president had been cooperating with federal investigators for months before the raid.

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He also completely discounted the notion that Trump had taken top secret nuclear weapons materials with him after he left the White House.

“I’m not one to withhold criticism and even make my own side mad,” Crenshaw noted. “I want to get to the truth. But I will be honest with you here, this…it’s hard to justify what the Department of Justice did here, in my opinion.”

“Here’s what it really boils down to. It’s not a question that it’s bad to have classified material in a non-SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] environment. That’s a non-secret compartmentalized infrastructure there. That’s wrong,” he continued. “But there’s ways to mitigate that, there’s ways to resolve that issue. And I still haven’t seen any evidence that Trump was even asked to give these documents back.”

“He’s been cooperating with them on these issues for a while now, for months. And so, why take it to extreme extent? And I think that’s why you’re seeing so much backlash from Republicans,” the Texas congressman continued.

“You’re seeing everyone coalesce. It doesn’t matter what side of the issue they’re on with Trump, we’ve seen a lot coalesce around this one because it does seem unjust and there does seem to be a long history of loss of credibility at the Department of Justice at the hands of Democrats. And I think people are rightful rightfully frustrated about that,” he added.

“This is a very unprecedented measure. And you know that when you are going after an ex-president who may run again, this is automatically political. You cannot separate the legal aspects of this from the political aspects of it. You can’t. And it doesn’t seem to me they’ve acted responsibly as a result of that,” he noted further.

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