Fox News anchor Eric Shawn raised the possibility that former President Donald Trump tried to “sell” classified documents to Russia or Saudi Arabia.
The FBI executed a search warrant Monday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort residence looking for top-secret and sensitive compartmented information and other classified documents. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that information about nuclear weapons was among the documents sought by federal agents, and a Russian state television host said officials in Moscow had already studied the records. Trump described the nuclear weapons documents report as a “hoax”.
On a Sunday show on Fox News, Shawn interviewed former intelligence officer and Russian expert Rebekah Koffler. At the start of the segment, the Fox News anchor raised questions about what Trump might have done with the classified documents.
Shawn, citing reports, said intelligence officials reportedly feared “the material was either mishandled or possibly illegally transferred…to others.”
“And other questions are being raised this morning. Did former President Trump try to sell [or] share the highly classified material with the Russians or the Saudis, or others? Or were the documents innocently mishandled and stored because he believed he had a legal right to have them?” asked the Fox News presenter.
Koffler expressed his views, saying that Trump’s Florida home as a storage for such documents presents a “counterintelligence nightmare.”
“The real question, Eric, is what Russian President Putin has already done?” Koffler said. “The truth is that the United States is the main target of KGB agent Putin and his spy services.” She added that Mar-a-Lago “is a counter-intelligence nightmare, which means spies around the world – Russia, China and beyond – are always on the hunt to get their hands on top-secret information. , especially something that is related to nuclear war doctrine”.
“The fact that these boxes were not secure is a very serious concern,” she said.
Russia claims to have seen the documents
Russian media figures defended Trump and also said the classified documents had been reviewed by officials in Moscow. Last week, during the Russian television news 60 minutes, military expert Igor Korochenko echoed Trump’s assessment of the FBI raid, calling it a “witch hunt.” Korochenko said that “as America’s most popular politician” Trump was “chosen as such a witch.”
“They’re not just going to vilify him, they’re going to strangle him. These raids, involving dozens of FBI officers and police dogs… It’s a symbol of outsized despotism,” the Russian military expert added. .
Over the weekend, during a segment on a public television channel Russia-1, a host discussed the raid and said the Russians had access to the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.
“It turns out that the investigation against Trump has to do with the disappearance of secret White House documents, related to the development of nuclear weapons by the United States,” said host Evgeny Popov. “The FBI doesn’t say what kinds of weapons, or what they found in Trump’s estate. Obviously, if there were any important documents, they’ve been looking at them in Moscow for a while.”
Trump defends himself
Trump dismissed reports that there was information about nuclear weapons being held at his Florida residence.
“The nuclear weapons issue is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax, two impeachments were a hoax, the Mueller investigation was a hoax, and much more. The same sordid people involved,” the former president wrote in a post on his Truth Social platform early Friday morning.
The former president described the Justice Department investigation and FBI raid as a “scam”.
“Like all the other hoaxes and scams they have used to try to silence the voice of a vast majority of the American people, I have the TRUTH on my side, and when you have the TRUTH, you will ultimately be victorious! ” he wrote on Truth Social on Saturday.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s press office for comment.