According to an expert, a late-night legal brief outlining previously unknown allegations about the FBI raid on former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has exposed vulnerabilities in his version of events, according to one expert.
The US Justice Department accused Trump of obstructing their investigation to obtain sensitive documents, taking the unusual step of releasing a photo of the files marked “top secret” and “top secret”. ” which they say was seized from his home in Florida.
The DOJ said it had evidence that “government records may have been concealed and deleted” and that “attempts were made to obstruct the government’s investigation.”
The records show the crime, but don’t prove it. No legal action has been announced.
“The former president and some of his attorneys… have a lot of criminal contact here,” Bradley Moss, national security attorney for the Washington, DC area, told CTV National News Washington Correspondent Richard Madan on Wednesday.
“Primarily to misrepresent the facts to the FBI and NARA (the United States National Archives and Records Administration), as well as to attempt to keep these documents at Mar-a-Lago and to conceal them from the government. government.”
Earlier this month, the FBI executed a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, seizing several classified documents. Trump and his attorneys claim documents discovered at the resort in Palm Beach, Fla., were previously declassified while he was in office.
However, legal briefs filed by the US Department of Justice say the argument was never made during the months NARA was trying to get the former president to return the documents, with details points to a potential new allegation: obstruction of justice.
Moss, who primarily deals with employees in the government, military or intelligence community and has experience taking disciplinary actions on the security agency, said he was blown away when he read the profile. briefly last night.
“Boom! That’s what went through in my mind,” he said. “Noisy. This is a complete cover-up of the Trump team’s legal arguments. “
He said that because the government can file documents about the raid itself, it can be more transparent with details that the public likely won’t see for months.
“The government has been allowed to outline a lot of facts that would not have been brought up in the pre-indictment period in a criminal investigation,” he said of what is alleged in the documents. “They are allowed to walk you through more details on how this investigation unfolded, what the Trump team’s responses to do when they were trying to resolve the issue with the record, and the operational obstruction angle like how.”
The records show that the government said it was aware of how the records were being moved and tried several times to return them, but each time received only a handful of missing documents.
“After they went in June with subpoenas and they received affidavits from Trump’s attorneys saying that’s it, nothing more, the government found evidence that in fact there are still documents in the property, located in other areas than the storage room,” Moss said in the filing. “And sure enough, that’s what the search warrant found.”
He said Trump was essentially “putting himself in these situations.
“It could have been erased with just a slight error if, after being informed that these records were still at Mar-a-Lago, he moved everything back to the archives in 2021. It won’t. No harm, no smell. ‘ But Donald Trump doesn’t work like that.”
The filings claim that Trump’s lawyers fought to delay the return of the documents, battling NARA and the FBI for months, only to still provide some of the documents when subpoenaed. According to the filing, a lawyer for Trump at the time claimed that all documents were stored in an archive room and that none were in any private space.
“Ultimately, a search warrant was required to recover the remaining 100 classified files placed in places like Donald Trump’s desk in his personal office,” Moss said.
“It was a significant crime exposure. There are people who have spent less time in prison for espionage. And regarding obstruction – to what extent did Donald Trump lie to his lawyers? To what extent did the attorneys act irresponsibly or possibly lie to the FBI? That’s the kind of information we still don’t know for sure.”
While a criminal element is suggested, it is not proven on record and has not been tested in court.
Trump’s attorneys “absolutely” need their own attorneys right now, he said.
“And as I’ve said for years and others have coined it before me, ‘MAGA’ in my opinion stands for ‘Make Attorneys Get Attorneys.’ This isn’t the first Trump attorney to get into trouble and probably won’t be the last, but yes, if I were Christina Bobb, if I were Alina Habba, if I were Evan Corcoran, I would hire an attorney. right now to protect myself from potential criminal exposure, because they all become important witnesses in this ongoing criminal investigation. “
Whether Trump will be indicted on obstruction charges – after evading charges in an obstruction probe linked to an investigation into whether his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia or not – remains to be seen.
“In my view, based on the information we have, Donald Trump can be prosecuted and, in my professional opinion, should be prosecuted,” Moss said. “Though I don’t believe it will happen before the midterm elections in November.”