Criticizing the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida home in August 2022, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan falsely claimed in his opening statement at Wednesday’s hearing that the former president had done everything the Justice Department asked him to do before the search.
Among other acts of compliance, the Republican said, Trump immediately turned over 38 documents he had discovered before the search, then complied with a Justice Department request to further secure the storage room where official documents.
“Everything they asked him to do, he did it. And then, what does the Ministry of Justice do? On August 8 of last year, they raided President Trump’s house,” Jordan said.
Facts First: Jordan’s assertion is incorrect. When the Justice Department obtained a May 2022 grand jury subpoena demanding that Trump turn over all documents bearing classification marks, Trump did not do so. Instead, Trump’s indictment alleged, he only handed over 38 documents bearing classification marks in June 2022, far fewer than he had; The FBI search at Mar-a-Lago in August 2022 found 102 additional documents with classification marks. Additionally, the indictment alleges that after producing the 38 documents, Trump intentionally had one of his attorneys sign a document falsely certifying that all documents requested by the subpoena had been produced.
The indictment, filed by Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, also alleges that Trump committed several other acts of obstruction in an attempt to avoid complying with the May 2022 subpoena.
The indictment says Trump ordered an aide, Walt Nauta, to move boxes before Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, conducted a search of the documents in early June 2022 in response to the subpoena. appear, “so that many boxes have not been searched and many documents respond to the subpoena”. The May 11 subpoena could not be found – and in fact was not found – by (Corcoran). Smith also alleges that Trump suggested that Corcoran falsely represented to the government that Trump “did not have the documents requested by the May 11 subpoena” and that Corcoran was “hiding or destroying the documents requested by the May 11 subpoena.”
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.