On Friday, former White House senior aide Jared Kushner called his stepfather’s current problems with top-secret documents a mere “paperwork problem.”
Last month, the FBI confiscated boxes of documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and resort, including top-secret information. Everything was supposed to go directly to the National Archives after Trump left, per the requirements of the Presidential Archives Act. Trump is now under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act.
Yet Kushner calmly ignored Trump’s stash of documents and the significant security risk it posed in an interview with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News.
“Why did the president bring home top secret documents?” Sky News host Kay Burley grilled Kushner.
“You have to ask him that question,” Kushner replied. “But what I will say is…he was under constant attack,” he added.
“Yeah, but he brought home top secret documents, potentially endangering the security of the United States,” Burley retorted.
Kushner replied, “It appears to be a paperwork issue that should have been able to be resolved between the DOJ and [Trump]. I don’t know what he took or what he didn’t take, but I think right now we’re relying on media leaks.
Information about what Trump was storing at Mar-a-Lago does not come from media leaks. The Department of Justice, in fact, released a detailed list of documents extracted from his home.
Trump did not deny that these recordings were hidden at Mar-a-Lago. Court filings show that government officials had been trying to extract the documents from him for more than a year.
Burley reminded Kushner that one of the pieces of evidence was a photo of several documents marked classified and top secret on the floor of Mar-a-Lago.
“We saw the photo, didn’t we, where it says ‘Top Secret’?” Burley asked. She wondered if Kushner was suggesting that people “wait and see” if the documents were top secret “even if the FBI tells us they were?”
Kushner replied, “It may be a paperwork issue. I do not know; as I said, I was not involved in the details.
Kushner landed in the hot seat with Sky while plugging in his next book, “Breaking History: A White House Memoir.”
He also noted in the interview that Trump was “obviously thinking” about another presidential run. Kushner, however, said he would not work in another Trump administration because he “enjoys the private sector so much.”
Watch the full interview below: