Trump accepted classified files as ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’, Senator says

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said former President Donald Trump took classified information from the White House either to sell or as a “prison-free card.”

FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence on Aug. 8 and seized 20 boxes containing more than 100 classified documents purportedly from the White House. Trump now faces an investigation into the documents and whether they were improperly preserved, as experts have raised concerns he may have exposed the documents to espionage.

During an appearance on CNN on Saturday, Kaine, who was the party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, spoke about why Trump may have taken the documents with him, how the investigation could affect the United States’ foreign relations, and whether allies might be concerned about leaving the US vulnerable classified secrets around.

“My gut tells me why Donald Trump took all this classified information – I’m a member of the armed forces and foreign relations. I spend a lot of time in secure Senate facilities. I know what that information is like,” he said. “The reason Trump took this to Florida was probably because he wanted to try to either sell it or have it as a Get Out of Jail Free card.”

Tim Kaine: Why Trump Took Secret Files
Above, Tim Kaine speaks at a rally in Miami July 23, 2016. Kaine said on Saturday that former President Donald Trump may have stolen classified information from the White House, either to sell it or claim it as ‘free from prison ” to use. Card during an appearance on CNN.
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The senator also sought to reassure U.S. allies that their secrets remained safe under the administration of President Joe Biden, who has denied knowing in advance about the FBI raid and made limited comments about the Trump investigation Has.

Kaine also called on Trump to face “consequences” for allegedly taking the documents when he left the White House last January.

“The efforts of the DOJ, the efforts of the FBI to bring these secrets back so Donald Trump doesn’t have them and then have some consequences for him for taking them in an unauthorized manner — it’s really important that we hold them accountable.” ” he added.

Latest updates from the Mar-a-Lago survey

As the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the ex-president continues, Trump and the DOJ debated the special master this week. Trump’s attorneys asked the special master to oversee investigators’ review of documents obtained in Mar-a-Lago. The request was granted on Monday. However, the DOJ has now appealed the decision.

Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed the investigation as politically motivated and said he declassified all information held at Mar-a-Lago because presidents usually have the ability to declassify information they wish.

The DOJ has not specified what classified information the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago. They released an affidavit on the case last month, but it has been largely redacted. However, The Washington Post reported this week that a document detailing a foreign government’s defense and nuclear capabilities was kept at Trump’s vacation residence.

news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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