NYT claims Trump had ‘over 300 classified docs at Mar-a-Lago’, half were already returned by Trump

The New York Times is reporting that unnamed sources are asserting former President Trump took over 300 classified documents when he left the White House and that is what triggered the Justice Department to raid Mar-a-Lago.

According to the Times, the first 150 classified documents were returned to the National Archives in January. More were returned in June and what was left was seized in the raid on the former president’s Florida residence.

In the Mar-a-Lago raid, FBI agents reportedly took 26 boxes from Trump’s home. That included 11 sets of material marked classified according to media reports. One set allegedly had the highest level of classification which was designated as top secret/sensitive compartmented information.

It is unknown exactly what was in the so-called classified material but the left is beside themselves over it. The receipt from federal investigators who ransacked the Florida residence listed classified documents connected to French president Emmanuel Macron and documents detailing the clemency Trump granted to Roger Stone.

According to the New York Times, 15 boxes were handed over in January, almost a year after Trump left office. Those documents were ostensibly from the FBI, CIA, and the NSA. As usual, the media outlet quoted an unnamed source who claims the documents detailed multiple topics of national security interest.

The Old Gray Lady is also accusing Trump of going through the boxes himself in late 2021 before handing them over to authorities.

Trump sued the federal government on Monday over the raid and requested a special master to determine whether the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago can be used in the investigation against him. The former president claims his Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the raid.

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Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice. President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run,” the lawsuit reads, insinuating what many believe, that the raid was a political fishing expedition to stop Trump at all costs.

The lawsuit contends that the raid was “shockingly aggressive” and showed “no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans.”

“Like all citizens, (Trump) is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Property seized in violation of his constitutional rights musty be returned forthwith,” the suit demands. “The Government has long treated President Donald J. Trump Unfairly.”

The suit also claims that the DOJ and FBI treated Trump “differently than any other citizen.”

“Two years of noisy ‘Russian collusion’ investigations led to a Special Counsel’s finding of biased FBI agents and officials,” the suit charges.

The legal filing states that “text exchanges between the lead agent (Peter Stzrok) and his paramour (Lisa Page) reflect their complete disdain and bias against President Trump and his supporters, while they were entrusted with probing the farcical Russian collusion claims.”

The suit goes into detail concerning a June 3 visit by DOJ official Jay Bratt. Two Secret Service agents purportedly led a group of officials including Bratt to a storage room where archival documents were held.

“The storage room contained boxes, many containing the clothing and personal items of President Trump and the first lady,” the lawsuit notes.

Trump asserts in the suit that he “voluntarily asked [the National Archives] movers to come to Mar-a-Lago to receive 15 boxes of documents.” He also contends that the retrieved documents were declassified by him and that the internal DOJ “taint team” or “filter team” would not protect Trump’s rights.

“President Trump determined that a search for documents bearing classification markings should be conducted – even if the marked documents had been declassified,” the filing states.

Trump called the raid an “unnecessary, unwarranted, and unAmerican Break-In by dozens of FBI agents, and others, of my home, Mar-a-Lago,” in a statement.

“They demanded that the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied. They prevented my attorneys from observing what was being taken in the raid, saying ‘absolutely not,'” the former president said. “They took documents covered by attorney-client and executive privilege, which is not allowed. They took my passports. They even brought a ‘safe cracker’ and successfully broke into my personal safe, which revealed… nothing!”

“We are further demanding that the DOJ be forced to turn over a REAL, without ‘plants,’ inventory of my property that was taken and disclose where that property is now located,” he stated. “We are demanding that all items wrongfully taken from my home be IMMEDIATELY returned.”

Trump claims that the documents were meant for his presidential library.

“This Mar-a-Lago Break-In, Search, and Seizure was illegal and unconstitutional, and we are taking all actions necessary to get the documents back, which we would have given to them without the necessity of the despicable raid of my home so that I can give them to the National Archives until they are required for the future Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum,” he remarked.

Conservatives were not impressed with the left’s “hair on fire” charges leveled once again against Trump:

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