Trump is digging ‘deeper and deeper’ legal hole, says Kirschner after FBI raid

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said Friday that Donald Trump had dug his legal hole “deeper and deeper” after news broke that there may be classified documents related to nuclear weapons included in the case. list of documents sought by the FBI when the federal agency raided the former President’s home in Florida on Monday.

The FBI, with the approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland, executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort residence looking for Top Secret (TS) and Sensitive Compartmented (SCI) information as well than other classified documents. The Washington Post reported Thursday that records related to nuclear weapons were being sought by federal agents, but Trump called the reporting a “hoax.”

Kirschner, a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News who has repeatedly called for Trump’s indictment, posted a video on YouTube and Twitter on Friday discussing the Joband the implications of the raid.

“We just learned something The Washington Post it takes your breath away,” the lawyer said. “Among the documents that Donald Trump stole from the White House, we have to call it, those documents did not belong to him. [They] belonged to the United States of America and were to be turned over to the National Archives.”

The legal expert added that “among these documents, it appears that there was classified information on nuclear weapon systems”. Kirschner went on to describe the report and explained how Trump’s actions regarding the documents could lead to potential criminal charges.

“Everything Donald Trump does just digs his own legal hole deeper and deeper,” Kirschner said. “And we just need indictments raining down in this open hole – indicting Donald Trump for his many crimes.”

The warrant, which was released Friday afternoon, cited potential violations of federal statutes 18 USC 2071—Concealment, Removal, or Mutilation, 18 USC 793—Collection, Transmission, or Loss of Defense Information and 18 USC 1519—Destruction , alteration or falsification of documents. in federal investigations. Notably, 18 USC 793 is part of the Espionage Act, which legal experts had suggested over the past two days that Trump may have violated.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said former President Donald Trump was digging his legal hole “deeper and deeper” in a video posted on social media on Friday. Above, Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday.
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“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,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform, responding to Job report.

Later Friday, he went on to say the raid was unnecessary and that he had been cooperating with authorities in the investigation. He also said he had declassified all documents.

“First, everything was declassified. Second, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it whenever they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago” , wrote the ex-president.

While presidents have wide latitude to declassify information, there are specific federal regulations outlining a process for doing so. Some legal experts have said some of the documents recovered by the FBI may have been classified in a way that does not allow a president to unilaterally declassify them.

News first broke in early February that Trump had improperly brought classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) confirming that it had searched for 15 boxes of documents. Trump did not deny the story at the time, saying it was a mix-up as his staff rushed him out of the White House.

After the boxes were returned to NARA, the collection raised further concern that the former president still had additional classified documents. Federal investigators began interviewing Trump staffers to determine what had been taken from the White House. The interviews and a broader investigation overseen by a U.S. attorney culminated in a grand jury subpoena against Trump in late May to produce specific documents.

After the documents were not turned over, the FBI and the Justice Department chose to take the unprecedented step of executing a search warrant against a former president. A federal judge, as is normal procedure, approved the warrant, finding that the FBI had demonstrated probable cause.

Newsweek contacted Trump’s press office for comment.


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