Donald Trump, FBI, Classified Documents, And The Unsearched Spaces at Mar-A-Lago
In 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate. The objective was to find White House classified documents that Trump had retained after his term. However, ABC News reported that the FBI did not search a locked closet and a “hidden room” during their investigation.
FBI - The Search and Its Findings
The FBI’s search in August 2022 resulted in the discovery of over 11,000 documents, including more than 100 classified documents. This led to Trump’s indictment for willfully retaining national defense information and obstruction, among other charges.
However, anonymous sources cited by ABC News revealed that the FBI did not search a locked closet. Trump had reportedly changed the lock on this closet months before the search. His attorney was the one who searched the property for classified documents and materials to turn over to the government in response to a subpoena.
The Missed Spaces
Investigators found the closet locked but were reportedly told that the space behind the door “went nowhere”. As a result, they decided not to try and open it. Additionally, officials were not aware of a “hidden room” in Trump’s bedroom at the time and thus did not search it.
Prosecutors questioned witnesses about these missed spaces during their investigation. ABC reported that they focused on the rooms, particularly in the three months before Trump was indicted.
The Trump Campaign’s Response
When asked about the rooms, the Trump campaign told ABC that the investigations against the ex-president are “just desperate attempts at election interference … to stop the presumptive Republican nominee for President”.