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Trump wrote to-do lists on classified documents: report


Former President Donald Trump scribbled to-do lists for one of his Mar-a-Lago aides on documents with classified markings, according to a report.

Molly Michael, a former White House executive assistant who continued to work for Trump after his presidency, told federal investigators that on several occasions she received assignments from the 77-year-old former president, written on the back of cards with visible classification marks: according to ABC News.

The cards contained information relating to telephone calls with foreign leaders or other matters relating to the international community.

It is unclear whether any of the sheets are among the classified documents that Trump is accused of illegally possessing.

Michael, whom several media outlets identified as “Trump Employee 2” in special counsel Jack Smith’s indictment over Trump’s handling of sensitive White House documents, transferred the cards to the FBI after discovering that the agents had not taken them after August 8. 2022, search of Trump’s club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former President Donald Trump allegedly wrote to-do lists for one of his Mar-a-Lago aides on documents with classified markings.
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The Trump aide also told federal investigators that she was increasingly concerned about how the ex-commander in chief was handling requests from the National Archives for White House documents that she knew were were hidden at Mar-a-Lago, according to the report.

Trump reportedly told Michael, “You don’t know anything about the boxes,” after learning the FBI wanted to talk to him.

The former president pleaded not guilty in June to 37 charges related to his handling of classified White House documents.

Smith’s indictment describes “Trump Employee 2” as the individual who photographed the boxes stored at Mar-a-Lago in order to show the former president and someone who helped Trump’s valet and co-defendant Walt Nauta moved presidential documents around the property, including to and from Trump’s residence.

Michael reportedly told investigators that Trump became reluctant to cooperate with the government after agreeing to turn over 15 boxes of documents to the National Archives on about 90 detainees at Mar-a-Lago.


The updated indictment against former President Donald Trump
Molly Michael, a former White House executive assistant, told federal investigators that on several occasions she received assignments from Trump written on the back of index cards with visible classification marks.
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The former president allegedly asked him to pass on the message that there were no more boxes, even after pointing out that many people, including maintenance workers on the property, had seen the piles and stacks of boxes.

Trump admitted in January that he kept files after his presidency that once contained classified documents because “they were a ‘cool’ souvenir.”

“I saved hundreds,” the former president said in a Truth Social article, explaining that the classified documents in the files were collected by officials after briefings at the White House.


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Trump used an empty folder reading “Classified Summary of Evening” to cover a light in his room at Mar-a-Lago.
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Trump even used an empty folder marked “Classified Summary of the Evening” to cover a light in his room at Mar-a-Lago, former Trump lawyer Timothy Parlatore told CNN earlier this year.

“He has one of those landline phones next to his bed, and it has a blue light on it, and it keeps him up at night. So he took the manila folder and put it on top so it would keep the lights off so he could sleep at night,” Parlatore said.

The file would have been handed over to federal prosecutors in December 2022.

“It’s just this file. It says “Classified Evening Summary” on it. This is not a classification marking. It’s not something that is controlled one way or another. There is nothing illegal about this,” Parlatore added.

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