Federal investigators are looking into whether Trump showed people a MAP with classified information on it as they probe why ex-president had trove of documents at Mar-a-Lago
- Several witnesses in the classified documents case have been asked if former President Donald Trump showed them a map
- The New York Times reported Wednesday that federal investigators are asking about a map that contained classified information
- It’s unclear what the map depicted, where Trump showed it off and who in Trump’s circle saw it
Several witnesses in a federal probe were asked whether former President Donald Trump showed them a map that contained classified information.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that federal investigators are pursuing this line of questioning in the probe of Trump’s handling of classified documents that he brought to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House.
It’s unclear exactly what the map depicted, where Trump might have shown it off and who in the ex-president’s circle saw it.
The Times reported that one source told the newspaper that investigators asked about Trump showing the map to people while on board an airplane.
Another source said that investigators seemed to believe that Trump showed it to at least one adviser after leaving office, while another speculated the map may have been shown to a journalist working on a book.
More broadly, investigators are working to determine why Trump had a trove of classified documents at his Florida club and home.
Several witnesses in a federal probe were asked whether former President Donald Trump showed them a map that contained classified information
Investigators are trying to determine why Trump had a trove of classified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago (pictured), his Florida home and private club
The Times reported that investigators are also trying to determine if Trump stayed later into the spring at Mar-a-Lago – he summers at his Bedminster, New Jersey property – to look at the contents of the boxes found to have classified documents in them at Mar-a-Lago.
On June 3, Justice Department officials visited the Florida resort and left with a handful of documents with classified markings on them.
A lawyer for Trump said a ‘diligent search’ had taken place.
Mar-a-Lago was then raided by federal officials in August – a move that the former president has repeatedly condemned – and boxes of classified materials were found.
Special Counsel Jack Smith – who Trump referred to as a ‘lunatic’ last week – is overseeing the classified documents probe.
Smith’s two Trump-related probes have been playing out in the background as the Manhattan hush-money case has moved front-and-center.
A photo that was part of a Department of Justice court filing that shows the classified materials found in the FBI’s August search of Mar-a-Lago
Trrump was indicted on March 30 and spent last Tuesday in Manhattan criminal court for his arraignment – a first for an American ex-president.
He was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in relation to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock, $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
During his sit-down with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson that aired Tuesday the ex-president claimed court employees were crying and apologizing as they booked him.
‘When I went to the courthouse, which is also a prison in a sense, they signed me in and I’ll tell you people were crying – people that work there, professionally work there, that have no problems putting in murderers and they see everybody,’ Trump said.
‘It’s tough, tough place, and they were crying. They were actually crying. They said “I’m sorry.”‘
Additionally, Trump is reportedly due back in New York Thursday to sit for a second deposition in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud lawsuit.
On top of that, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected to make a decision on whether to charge Trump with a crime related to his effort to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia.