Politics: Trump frantically packed up documents to take with him in the last days of his presidency after finally accepting he was leaving the White House, report says

Feds were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons during raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post reports

  Feds were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons during raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post reports Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday he was moving to have the search warrant made available to the public. Garland confirmed he had personally signed off on the decision to seek a search warrant. People briefed on the documents the FBI was seeking told The New York Times they were so sensitive and important to national security that the Justice Department had no choice but to try and recover them.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican Congressional leaders and members of his cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images © Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican Congressional leaders and members of his cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images
  • FBI agents recovered classified materials during a raid on Mar-a-Lago Monday, court documents say.
  • Sources told NBC News that in the last days of Trump's presidency aides rushed to pack up documents.
  • One source said Trump didn't seriously start preparing to exit the White House until after January 6.

Between the January 6 Capitol attack, challenges to the 2020 election, and his impending second impeachment, President Donald Trump had some chaotic final days in office.

The DOJ tried subpoenaing Trump to turn over sensitive documents before it sent the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago

  The DOJ tried subpoenaing Trump to turn over sensitive documents before it sent the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago NYT reported that investigators believed some of the documents were so critical to national security that the DOJ had no choice but to send in the feds. Conservative commentator and Trump ally John Solomon first revealed the existence of the subpoena Wednesday night. 1/13 SLIDES © Darren Samuelsohn Here's what it's like to traverse the members-only grounds of Mar-a-Lago, from a reporter who's been there Trump beat reporters have been trying for years to get inside the members-only Mar-a-Lago club.

Amid the chaos and the realization that every election challenge was failing, Trump began instructing aides to pack up documents he planned to take with him to Mar-a-Lago, according to an NBC News report published Saturday.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation told the outlet Trump's aides were hurriedly stuffing documents and other materials into banker boxes that were then shipped to Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Palm Beach club and residence.

One source said Trump only began making plans to leave the White House after January 6, his final two weeks in office, after months of baselessly claiming he had won the election.

"It was a chaotic exit," the source told NBC. "Everyone piled everything — staff, the White House movers — into the moving trucks. When they got to Mar-a-Lago, they piled everything there in this storage room, except for things like the first lady's clothes. Everything in a box went there."

Trump doesn't deny taking classified nuclear documents from the White House while baselessly accusing Obama of the same thing

  Trump doesn't deny taking classified nuclear documents from the White House while baselessly accusing Obama of the same thing Obama "kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified," Trump falsely claimed. "How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!"Instead, he again attacked former President Barack Obama, falsely accusing him of illegally keeping classified documents.


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The source said Trump was in a "dark place" at the time and that "he didn't care about the boxes," adding: "If you had brought him into that storeroom, and asked, 'Which are your presidential papers?' he couldn't tell you."

Mar-a-Lago was raided on Monday by FBI agents who seized 11 boxes of classified materials, some labeled "top secret," according to court records unsealed Friday. The raid was part of the Justice Department's investigation into possible violations of three laws related to handling government records, including part of the Espionage Act.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had declassified all the records at Mar-a-Lago, though he did not provide documentation of the declassification.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that one of Trump's lawyers told the Justice Department in June that all classified documents had been returned. But, given the recovery of additional classified documents on Monday, the report raised questions about how cooperative and forthcoming the former president and his team have been with investigators.

Trump had access to national security information not seen by most American citizens. Here are the different levels of security clearances and who is allowed to have them.

  Trump had access to national security information not seen by most American citizens. Here are the different levels of security clearances and who is allowed to have them. FBI officials seized 11 sets of classified documents from former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida during a search Monday.According to the search warrant, unsealed by the Department of Justice and obtained by multiple news outlets on Friday, officials seized 11 sets of documents labeled Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret—the three levels of security for US documents in ascending order of importance and secrecy.

Trump's office did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

During his four years in office, Trump developed a reputation for being flippant with presidential records, which are required by law to be preserved. Reports have said Trump would rip up papers or even flush them down the toilet. Some of his former staff members also said he would ask to keep certain documents.

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Trump's ex-chief of staff said it's hard to understand how such highly classified documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago and that they are 'not accidentally moved anywhere' .
"There's supposed to be folks tracking where they are," Mick Mulvaney said of classified documents reported as seized during the Mar-a-Lago raid.Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump's acting chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020, appeared on CNN Friday to discuss the materials that were seized during the August 8 raid on Trump's Florida residence. According to court records, the FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents.

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