'A completely innocuous situation': Trump attorney says no more documents will be found at Mar-a-Lago
Back in February, multiple media reports emerged that former President Donald Trump's legal team surrendered yet another batch of documents marked classified "and a laptop belonging to an aide" to the United States Department of Justice.
"The previously undisclosed handovers – from December and January – suggest the protracted effort by the Justice Department to repossess records from Trump's presidency may not be done," CNN noted at the time, adding that "a Trump aide had previously copied those same pages onto a thumb drive and laptop, not realizing they were classified, sources said. The laptop, which belonged to an aide, who works for Save America PAC, and the thumb drive were also given to investigators in January."
On Sunday's edition of Meet the Press, NBC News moderator Chuck Todd probed Trump's attorney James Justy for more information regarding what was found at Trump's Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago golf club – and if future surprises can be expected.
"Let me ask you this. There's some reports that this, you know, some classified documents were found on the laptop. They turned over a thumb drive. Can you guarantee that no copies of these classified documents are – still remain at Mar-a-Lago? Do you know this for a fact that they're right now there are no more classified documents Mar-a-Lago right now?" Todd asked.
Justy vouched for his client while accusing the Justice Department and the media of manipulating the narrative to make Trump look guilty of obstruction of justice.
"Yeah, sure. And, and I can tell you the, the leak about what happened with this additional documents or several documents that were found and the thumb drive is absurd. We actually have a federal prosecutor that was in court that completely mischaracterized that. It's been the same mischaracterization that the media has run with to suggest that President Trump is just sitting on a mountain of documents. It's not true at all. It was a completely innocuous situation," Justy declared. "Forty-five hundred pages of documents with several mixed in that didn't stand out to a low-level staffer. Period. When we found out that she had it? We said, 'Did you ever make copies of this? Did they ever go anywhere?' And we chased down the chain of custody in a professional manner and immediately turned that over to the FBI and DOJ. They tried to run with that as obstruction. It's the exact opposite."
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\u201cWATCH: There have been reports that classified documents were found at Trump's Florida home on a laptop and thumb drive.\n\n@chucktodd: "Can you guarantee that no copies of these classified documents still remain at Mar-a-Lago?"\n\n@TrustyLawyer: "Yeah for sure."\u201d— Meet the Press (@Meet the Press) 1681046663
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