In the latest twist regarding the DOJ’s seemingly unconstitutional attack on former President Donald Trump, a Florida federal judge unsealed the receipts of what was taken from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last month, BBC reports.
Among the thousands of items seized was a stack of empty folders marked “classified.” It’s unclear why the FBI team would have taken empty folders.
Trump has remained steadfast in asserting that nothing criminal had occurred, as he ultimately had declassification authority, and claims anything he had at Mar-a-Lago was already declassified.
President Joe Biden’s Justice Department seems to believe otherwise, as it’s reportedly mounting a criminal investigation revolving around the seized documents.
Why does it matter?
Many in the mainstream media and Trump’s critics on the left now believe that there’s much more to the empty folders than just folders being empty.
It was reported that some believe the FBI wasn’t able to seize the alleged contents of the classified folders because Trump is hiding it somewhere.
NEW: Unsealed detailed inventory of what FBI seized from Trump’s office includes:
— 7 TOP SECRET marked docs
— 43 Empty CLASSIFIED folders
— 28 Empty Return to Staff Sec/Mil. Aid folders
— 26 Magazines/Press Articles 1/2020-11/2020
— 99 Magazines/Press Articles 1/2017-10/2018
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) September 2, 2022
CNBC noted: “The bombshell revelations raise the prospect that the DOJ has not yet recovered the documents that would have been in the empty folders. The DOJ is investigating possible crimes related to the removal of those and other government documents from the White House when Trump left office in Jan. 2021.”
The network added: “On Tuesday, the DOJ said in another court filing that more than 100 classified documents were found at Mar-a-Lago. That property receipt noted that the government seized 11 sets of classified documents, as well as an executive grant of clemency regarding Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and Trump confidant.”
While it’s unclear exactly what, if anything, the DOJ has as far as criminal charges related to the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago, it’s not shy in saying it’s working on something.
“The seized materials will continue to be used to further the government’s investigation, and the investigative team will continue to use and evaluate the seized materials as it takes further investigative steps, such as through additional interviews and grand jury practice,” a notice from the DOJ said.
Trump claims that the entire debacle is nothing more than the latest political witch hunt to dirty his name ahead of a major election, and if history is a guide, he’s more than likely exactly right.